Original Snowbirds

Updated: May 26, 2020


One of the largest North American birds, the American White Pelican is majestic in the air. The birds soar with incredible steadiness on broad, white-and-black wings. Their large heads and huge, heavy bills give them a prehistoric look. On the water they dip their pouched bills to scoop up fish, or tip-up like an oversized dabbling duck. Sometimes, groups of pelicans work together to herd fish into the shallows for easy feeding. Look for them on inland lakes in summer and near coastlines in winter.

A great place to see these beauties is Sebastian. White pelicans gather on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon in front of many Sebastian restaurants, hotels, marinas and fish markets. They're easy to spot with their brilliant white feathers and bright orange beaks. Many visitors comment that, at first glance they look like swans.