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Photograph of American White Pelican in flight

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Graceful in flight, ungainly on land, and elegant on the water, the American white pelican is one of the largest birds in Missouri.

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Photograph of American White Pelican in flight

American White Pelican in Flight

In flight pelicans may either flap their wings or soar. They typically fly with their heads back on their body, not with necks extended.

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Photograph of an American White Pelican swimming

American White Pelican Swimming

American white pelicans are very large, with a white body, black wing tips, and black partial trailing edge; the skin of legs and pouch and the huge bill are yellow to orange.

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Photograph of American White Pelicans flying in formation

American White Pelicans Flying in Formation

Large flocks of pelicans flap and soar as they circle higher and higher. At a considerable altitude, they may veer off in one direction as a single-line or V-shaped pattern.

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Photograph of American White Pelicans flying above water surface

American White Pelicans Skimming Water Surface

In Missouri, the American white pelican is a common transient on large lakes, reservoirs, and marshes. Nonbreeding birds may linger during summer. they may rarely occur on open water in winter.

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Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front.

Common Merganser

Like our other mergansers, the common merganser has a long, slender, serrated bill and dives underwater for fish. This species, however, has only a short head crest and has unique color patterns.

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Photo of a male common merganser floating on water.

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser
Like our other mergansers, the common merganser has a long, slender, serrated bill and dives underwater for fish. This species, however, has only a short head crest and has unique color patterns.

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Photo of a male common merganser floating on water, eating a fish.

Common Merganser Eating Fish

Common mergansers forage on rivers and lakes for fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates. They hunt by sight and dive completely underwater to snag their prey. The serrated bill helps them grab slippery fish. Their diet of fish makes their flesh taste “rank and strong,” so duck hunters rarely shoot mergansers.

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Photo of a female common merganser floating on water.

Common Merganser Female

The female common merganser has a gray body with a rusty head that is sharply defined against the white neck. Note the distinctive slender, slightly hooked shape of a merganser's bill.

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Photo of a male common merganser floating on water.

Common Merganser Male

Male common mergansers have a green head, a mostly white body, and a black and gray back. In Missouri, this species is a common transient and winter resident (uncommon in southeast), and an accidental summer visitor.

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