Family Pelecanidae

Family Pelecanidae - Peruvina Pelican
The Family Pelecanidae includes very large seabirds. Pelicans, as they are known, have very long bills with a downcurved hook at the end of the upper mandible. They have a huge gular pouch attached to the lower mandible, which, becomes brighter before the breeding season. They have long necks and short, stout legs with fully webbed feet. Although they are among the heaviest of flying birds, they are relatively light for their apparent bulk because
of air pockets in the skeleton and beneath the skin. The tail is short, and the wings are long and broad, suitably shaped for soaring and gliding flight. Males are generally larger than females and have longer bills. Pelicans swim well with their strong legs and their webbed feet. They roost and loaf communally on beaches, sandbanks, and in shallow water. The diet of the Pelecanidae usually consists of fish for which they plunge-dive and take at or near the water surface. Photo: Peruvian Pelican by ©Paul Cottis
Pelicans Pelicanos
Brown Pelican Pelícano Pardo Pelecanus occidentalis (NB)
Peruvian Pelican Pelícano Peruano Pelecanus thagus
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