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Brown Pelican
2007-12-18 13:14:31

The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), lives strictly on coasts from Washington and Virginia south to northern Chile and the mouth of the Amazon River. Some immature birds may stray to inland freshwater lakes. After nesting, North American birds move in flocks further north along the coasts, returning to warmer waters for winter. The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the eight species...

Australian Pelican
2006-02-21 18:19:51

The Australian Pelican or Goolayyalibee (Pelecanus conspicillatus) is an unmistakable large water bird. It is widespread on the inland and in coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant to New Zealand. Australian Pelicans is a medium-sized pelican that measures 1.6 to 1.8 meters in length and has a wingspan of 2.3 to 2.5 meters and weighing...

Pink-backed Pelican
2006-02-21 17:32:31

The Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) is a member of the pelican family. It is a resident breeder in Africa, southern Arabia and Madagascar in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is built with a large heap of sticks, into which 2-3 large white eggs are laid. The chicks feed by plunging their heads deep into the adult's pouch and taking the partially digested regurgitated fish. This...

Dalmatian Pelican
2006-02-21 17:19:07

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family that can be found from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation. This large pelican measures 170 cm length and has a 3 m wingspan. It differs from the White Pelican in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and grayish-white (rather than pure...

White Pelican
2006-02-21 16:56:47

The White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is a bird in the pelican family. This rather large pelican measures on average 160 cm in length and has a wingspan of 280 cm. The White Pelican is known to breed across southeastern Europe through Asia. Suitable nesting locations include swamps and shallow lakes where they build crude nests of vegetation in a tree. This bird differs from the...

Peruvian Pelican
2006-02-21 16:25:08

The Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus) is a member of the pelican family which lives on the west coast of South America, from Lobos de Tierra Island in Peru to Pupuya Islet in Chile. These birds are dark in color with a white stripe from the top of the bill, up to the crown and down the sides of the neck. Also, they have tufted feathers on the top of their heads. The main breeding season...

Pelican
2006-02-21 16:11:02

Pelicans are very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak that belong to the bird Pelecanidae. Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds, they make up the order Pelecaniformes. Like other birds in that group, pelicans have all four webbed toes (totipalmate). Pelicans use two different ways to feed: White pelicans all over the...

American White Pelican
2005-06-14 12:07:52

The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a very large (50""“70") white bird with black wing tips and an enormous orange bill. They have a wing span of approximately 3 m and are graceful in flight, moving their wings in slow powerful strokes. Unlike the Brown Pelican, the American White Pelican does not dive for its food. Instead it practices cooperative fishing. Each bird...

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