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The Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. These birds eat mainly fish, requiring up to 4 pounds a day. Their exceptional eyesight allows them to spot fish while flying 60 or 70 feet overhead. After diving into the water, they scoop up the fish in their large pouch and then swallow them after sifting all the water out. They are very strong swimmers, and even young birds have been clocked swimming 3 miles per hour. Brown Pelicans can live long lives exceeding 30 years.

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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