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Louisiana State Bird

Brown pelican on the water - click to see all state birds
Brown pelican - public domain National Park Service photo by
Rodney Cammauf: Everglades Wildlife Images. See All state birds - National Bird

Brown Pelican

Brown pelican video

The brown pelican was designated the state bird of Louisiana in 1966. Early European settlers were impressed with the pelican's generous and nurturing attitude toward their young, and the brown pelican has been a symbol of Louisiana since that time.

Louisiana's official nickname is "The Pelican State" and the brown pelican appears on Louisiana's state flag, state seal, the official state painting (along with many other symbols and icons of Louisiana), and is one of three Louisiana symbols displayed on the U.S. mint's bicentennial quarter (shown below).

The state bird of Louisiana is unique among the world's seven species of pelicans. The brown pelican is found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. It is the only dark pelican, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food.

Pesticide use caused Pelicans to stop nesting along the Louisiana coast in 1961, and they completely disappeared by 1966. Louisiana began attempting to re-populate its coastline by transporting Florida fleglings into the state. The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Brown Pelican as an endangered species in 1970, but the Federal Government declared the Brown Pelican "recovered" in Louisiana in 1995 . About 40,000 Brown Pelicans call "The Pelican State" their home today.

Brown Pelican portrait - click to see all state birds
Brown pelican - photo © Gae Berry:
Animal Diversity Web - U of Mcihigan (used by permission)
Louisiana quarter - click to see all state quarters
Louisiana became the 18th state in 1812 (see statehood order) -
Louisiana's state quarter features the state bird (brown pelican),
a musical symbol for New Orleans Jazz, and an outline of the
original Louisiana purchase - public domain image on Wikipedia -
see all 50 STATE QUARTERS
Source:
Brown Pelican: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Louisiana State Quarter: U.S. Mint
Links:
Brown Pelican: Animal Diversity Web - U of Michigan
All State Birds - National Bird

    

 

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