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The breast feathers of Brown Pelicans have much smaller barb diameters and higher (r + d)/r values than those of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos).
Migratory species that may be affected include the Lesser Scaup, Blue-winged Teal, Common Loon, American White Pelican, Northern Gannet, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, Piping Plover, Sanderling, and Red Knot.
WNV was presumed to be the etiologic agent for >9,000 American white pelican deaths in 7 states in 2002-2003 on the basis of testing of a sample of carcasses from various affected colonies (6).
It is illegal to shoot an American white pelican, a protected migratory bird and a state species of special concern.
An estimated 680 birds died, mostly American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) and wading birds, including over 40 endangered American wood storks (Mycteria americana).
Soaring on black-tipped wings, American white pelicans flap into view this time of year.
The other North American species of pelican, the American white pelican, can be found within the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge during winter.
The American white pelican will fly into the lower Mississippi River Delta again this winter to feed on fish.