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Pelicans

Order: Pelicaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae

There are eight extant species.

Species on page

+ Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
+ American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
+ Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

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Brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

pelican

Año Nuevo
2011

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pelican

Año Nuevo
November, 2013

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Taking the plunge

pelican

Santa Cruz, California
2013

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pelican

Santa Cruz, California
2013

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Its beak can hold more than its belly can

galapagos
Santa Cruz, Galápagos

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Its eyes hold even more

galapagos

Santa Cruz, Galápagos

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Pelican perched in Mangrove

galapagos
Santa Cruz, Galápagos

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

"A wonderful bird"

pelicans

Byxbee Park
1-1-07
Canon D30
Apparently, the limerick "The Pelican" was written by Dixon Lanire Merrith in 1910, but is often misattributed to Ogden Nash.

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Palo Alto Baylands

Ninja pelican

pelican

This reminds me of the climax scene from Karate Kid
Palo Alto Baylands
Septemerb 6, 2014

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Pelicans taking off

white pelicans

Palo Alto Baylands
June 18, 2013

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Up

white pelicans

Palo Alto Baylands
June 18, 2013

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And away

white pelicans

Palo Alto Baylands
June 18, 2013

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Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

When pelicans blush

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Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
This guy was extraordinarily pink - from eating crustaceans??
Liesbeek River
Cape Town
April 10, 2013

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Other Pelecaniformes

+ Pelecanidae: Pelicans
+ Ardeidae: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
+ Threskiornithidae: Ibis
+ Scopidae: Hammerkop

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