Pelecanus occidentalis

Common Names: Brown pelican
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Pelicans

The smallest of the eight species of pelican, although it is a large bird in nearly every other regard. It's unusual and long/large bill makes this coastal bird distinguished. It is 42 to 54 inches in length, weighs from 6.1 to 12 lb and has a wingspan from 6.0 to 8.2 ft. Plumage is mostly brown with shades of grey and white.

A rare visitor to Connecticut, it is found in coastal waters.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.