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Pelicans

Order: Pelicaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae

There are eight extant species. Four are depicted.

Species on page

+ Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
+ Galápagos brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis urinator - subspecies
+ American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

+ Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

+ Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

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Chillin'

florida keys
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Family: Pelecanidae
Mallory Square
Key West, Florida
December 14, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2

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Posin'

florida keys
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Family: Pelecanidae
Mallory Square
Key West, Florida
December 14, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2

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Pelican with stick

florida keys
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Family: Pelecanidae
Florida Keys, Florida
December 13, 2018
Canon 7Dmark2

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Brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

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Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
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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Pelicans

la jolla
Brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis)
La Jolla
March 25, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Pelican

la jolla
Brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis)
La Jolla
March 25, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Galápagos brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis urinator

Its beak can hold more than its belly can

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Galápagos brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis urinator
Santa Cruz, Galápagos

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Its eyes hold even more

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Galápagos brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis urinator
Santa Cruz, Galápagos

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Pelican perched in Mangrove

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Galápagos brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis urinator
Santa Cruz, Galápagos

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

"A wonderful bird"

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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
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

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This reminds me of the climax scene from Karate Kid

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Palo Alto Baylands
September 6, 2014

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Pelicans taking off

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American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Palo Alto Baylands
June 18, 2013

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Up

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American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Palo Alto Baylands
June 18, 2013

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And away

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American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Palo Alto Baylands
June 18, 2013

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White pelican

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American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
With black-necked stilt
Byxbee Park, Palo Alto
July 19, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2

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White pelicans

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American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Palo Alto Baylands
July 19, 2015
Canon 7Dmark2

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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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Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

Australian pelican

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Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
August 19, 2015
Western Australia

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This peli-can

pelican in flight
Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Narantapu, Tasmania
September 9, 2015
Canon 7DMark2
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Other Pelecaniformes

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

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Created: January 10, 2013 (from boobies.html)
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