Visit Everglades City and the Ten Thousand Islands of Southwest Florida, the Everglades

The American White Pelican

Everglades City

Have you seen those enormous American White Pelicans soaring above Everglades City and Chokoloskee? These majestic birds are colossal—some tipping the scales at a whopping 20 pounds and spreading their wingspan to around 10 feet! You’ll find them lounging on the outer islands, relishing every moment of life. Surprisingly, despite their massive size, these pelicans glide through the air with the elegance of ballerinas.

The American White Pelican

Their synchronized flights are a breathtaking sight.

They spend their winters in Everglades National Park. In early April, they embark on a long journey to breed in freshwater lakes across the United States and Canada.

Right before the adult pelicans take off, they grow a little bump on their bills. It could be like a target to help them get to where they are going. This bump likely helps them avoid getting seriously hurt when they have squabble. Once they lay their eggs, these bumpy bits fall off.

Venture out to catch a glimpse of these wintering American White Pelicans at low tide on mudflats for an unforgettable sight!

2024-03-11T17:12:53-04:00January 21, 2020|Community, Wildlife|

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