Pelican Colony on Key Largo, Florida (Pelecanus occidentalis)
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Thriving Pelican Colony on Key Largo, Florida behind the wounded bird sanctuary. These are mostly released injured birds. Fishing line is one of the biggest culprits in damaging our semi-tropical bird life. (Pelecanus occidentalis) Nesting is on islands by preference. On the Southeast coast, it is often in mangroves, where the birds build a rather flimsy nest of sticks, reeds, bones, and seaweed. On islands without predators, they often build on the ground in large colonies.