brown pelican


: a pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) of American coasts that has a brownish body and a chiefly white or white with yellow head

Examples of brown pelican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, brown pelicans are showing up around the Bay Area in poor condition. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 The California brown pelican was listed as an endangered species decades ago after the spread of the chemical DDT caused the shells of their eggs to thin. Melody Petersen, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 Outside of the schools, the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center released 10 brown pelicans at Corona del Mar Beach. Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register, 31 May 2024 Starving and dehydrated brown pelicans are turning up in droves on California beaches, without a clear cause for their anguish. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2024 Large numbers of California brown pelicans are turning up on shore with signs of malnutrition, prompting a California Department of Fish and Wildlife investigation. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 11 May 2024 In the last month, the center has taken in 89 brown pelicans, many of them quickly dying, McGuire said. Melody Petersen, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 California is home to more than 70,000 brown pelicans, according to KGTV. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 3 Apr. 2024 Visitors can find walking trails and learn about the local birds like the California brown pelican and plants like the reddish-orange monkey flowers. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brown pelican was in 1780

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“Brown pelican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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