Brown pelicans are found primarily around oceans. This is another factor that makes this type of pelican somewhat different from other members of its species, because most other types of pelicans are usually seen hovering around lake sides. These birds are usually found along the coasts of both North and South America, as far south as Chile and as far north as Canada. They are common along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
Once a female brown pelican has chosen her mate and the mating process is complete, she will begin to build a nest out of materials brought to her by her mate. These birds usually lay about two or three eggs, which must be incubated for roughly one month. Brown pelicans incubate their young by standing on them. This is considered somewhat unusual, because most birds sit on their young to incubate them. After about two or three months spent being cared for by both parents, young brown pelicans are ready to leave their nests for good.
The brown pelican was a threatened species until 1985, when conservation measures went into effect. As of 2010, they are no longer considered endangered. There are occasionally some people who hunt these birds for their feathers or to try and keep their numbers down so they don’t interfere with the fish population, but the overall population has been steadily increasing since the 1980s. In most cases, these birds will live for up to 25 years in the wild.