brown pelican


Definition of 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 The state helped bring back the brown pelican and the American alligator from the brink of extinction. Sara Sneath | Staff Writer,, "Poachers threaten Louisiana's mostly successful whooping crane reintroduction program," 6 Sep. 2020 By contrast, a few Gulf inhabitants have shown a robust recovery—among them, menhaden fish and the brown pelican, Louisiana’s state bird. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 The 233-square-mile reserve holds mangrove forest, saltwater estuaries and sand dunes — and about 400 species of birds, including snowy white ibis and brown pelicans. Dallas News, "The best off-the-beaten-path spots on the Yucatan Peninsula," 4 Mar. 2020 The exception is the brown pelican, a North American species that divebombs into the water, grabbing fish in the process (watch video). Liz Langley, National Geographic, "This deep-sea fish's expandable stomach can hold huge meals," 30 Oct. 2019 Iconic species like the bald eagle, the American alligator, and the brown pelican have recovered and been delisted. Gabriela Chavarria, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Protect the Endangered Species Act — we have too much to lose in Colorado and around the globe," 20 Aug. 2019 There was a brown pelican at Nantucket and a red-necked stint at the Forward Pool at Parker River Refuge on Plum Island., "Bird sightings," 22 July 2019 While there are good numbers of brown pelicans found here, the closest breeding location is on the Los Coronados Islands in Mexican waters south of San Diego. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019 The brown pelican is another miracle story of recovery once destructive pesticides were removed from use. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of brown pelican

1780, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Brown pelican.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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