Great White Pelicans
The second largest in the pelican family, great white pelicans have a white plumage (feathers) with a pink facial patch and yellow legs. They have a very large wingspan of up to 9 feet but are very light, typically weighing between 15-17 pounds due to their hollow bones.
- Great white pelicans are the second largest species of the 8 species in the world.
- Pelicans are flighted birds, with large wing spans of approximately 7-11 feet.
- All pelicans have hollow bones and air pockets throughout their body to aid in flight.
- Great white pelicans can hold up to 3 gallons of water in their gular pouch.
- The bill of a pelican is made of keratin with a hook used for preening.
Our pelicans inspire guests to reduce human impact challenges to these animals and similar species in our waterways by disposing of trash properly, recycling, and not cutting fishing lines.