Louisiana’s State Bird: Discover the Magnificent Brown Pelican

Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States. It is famously known for its unique culture, music, food, and wildlife. The state has many symbols that represent it like the magnolia flower which is considered as the state flower and the pelican bird which represents Louisiana’s official seal. However, what most people are unaware of is that Louisiana also has an official state bird.


In this article, we will be discussing everything you need to know about Louisiana’s state bird – what it looks like, where it can be found in Louisiana or other parts of North America, its habitat and lifestyle.

What Is The State Bird Of Louisiana?

The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) was officially designated as Louisiana’s state bird on April 30th 1966 by Act No. 151 of House Bill No. 142.


Brown Pelicans are large birds with characteristically long bills that have a hooked tip at their end. They stand about four feet tall from head to tail with a wingspan up to seven feet wide making them one of North America’s largest birds. Their plumage varies depending on their age; adult pelicans have dark chocolate- colored feathers while young ones appear grayish-brown until they reach maturity after two to three years.

Habitat And Distribution

The Brown Pelican can be found mostly along coastal areas including estuaries, tidal creeks marshes but also inland waterways such as rivers or lakes near coastal regions within Southern California south through Central America down into South America altogether covering pretty much all Pacific Ocean coastlines throughout this range with some gaps here and there due mainly anthropogenic factors such as pollution affecting numbers breeding success

Behavior And Lifestyle

Brown Pelicans are known for their spectacular diving technique used when hunting prey underwater using gravity-fed propulsion where they ‘dive-bomb’ from around thirty meters high crashing into the water surface with a force that can stun fish allowing them to scoop it up into their pouch-like bill. They are also known for their unique ability to float on the water’s surface due to air pockets in their feathers, which helps them rest and conserve energy.


Brown Pelican is Louisiana State bird because it represents some of the qualities that make Louisiana special – its resilience, adaptability, and resourcefulness in the face of challenges such as hurricanes or oil spills affecting coastal regions’ wildlife populations. If you ever visit this state, make sure you keep an eye out for these fascinating birds along the coastline as they are truly a sight to behold!