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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

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 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 two female common mergansers standing and sitting on pond ice

Common Mergansers (Female)

Common mergansers have a long, slender, serrated, red or orange bill with a wide base. Females have a gray body, with a rusty head that is sharply defined against the white neck. Mergansers are divers, and the legs are far back on the body; on land, the posture is upright.

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Photograph of two Double-Crested Cormorants perched on log above water

Double-Crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus
Cormorants are dark, ducklike water birds with long necks, hooked bills, legs set far back on the body, and a habit of hanging their wings out to dry in the sun.

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Photograph of a Double-crested Cormorant in flight

Double-Crested Cormorant in Flight

Cormorants can be confused with anhingas when soaring. In flight, cormorants have a shorter, more rounded tail. Their necks are less “snaky” than those of anhingas.

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