Where do pelicans live in the US?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

I’ve always been fascinated by pelicans and their unique behavior, so I’ve done quite a bit of research on where they live in the United States. From what I’ve learned, American White Pelicans have a fascinating distribution pattern that separates them into two distinct groups based on their breeding locations.

The pelicans that breed east of the Rocky Mountains have a migratory pattern that takes them south and east, mostly following the path of river valleys. These pelicans make their way to the Gulf of Mexico for the winter. It’s truly amazing to think about these large birds flying along the rivers, navigating their way to the warmer coastal areas. They must have incredible navigation skills to find their way year after year.

On the other hand, the pelicans that breed west of the Rockies have a different migration route. Instead of following river valleys, they brave the vast deserts and mountains as they make their way to the Pacific coast. It’s awe-inspiring to imagine these birds soaring over such harsh and challenging landscapes. They must be incredibly resilient to make this journey every year.

I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the migration of the American White Pelicans along the Pacific coast. It was a truly remarkable sight. The sky was filled with these majestic birds, gliding effortlessly over the ocean waves. It was a reminder of the incredible diversity and resilience of nature.

American White Pelicans in the US segregate into two geographically distinct groups based on their breeding locations. Those breeding east of the Rockies migrate south and east to the Gulf of Mexico, while those breeding west of the Rockies migrate through deserts and mountains to the Pacific coast. It’s truly remarkable to think about the challenges these birds face and the incredible journeys they undertake each year.