Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Pelecanidae
        Scientific Name : Pelecanus 
                                      Occidentalis

                      Size(H) : 106cm - 183cm 
                                         (42in - 72in)
                Wing Span : 183cm - 350cm 
                                         (72in - 138in)
                       Weight : 2.7kg - 15kg 
                                         (6lbs - 33lbs)
                 Top Speed : 65km/h (40mph)

                  Life Span : 16 - 23 years
                      Colour : Black, White, Grey
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Pouch hanging from 
                                      underside of beak 
                                      and keen eyesight
  1. Pelicans are large birds found all around the world, dwelling near water and densely populated fishing areas.
  2. They prefer warmer and temperate climate to colder ones and are commonly found near the equator.
  3. There are around 8 species of pelicans found across the world.
  4. They are huge birds with some of them gaining a wingspan of over 3m.
  5. The smaller species of pelicans live on land rather than the sea.
  6. The pelicans are best known for their pouch in the beak which helps them scoop fish out of water.
  7. They scoop in the water and filter out the water leaving behind the food in the pelican’s mouth.
  8. The brown sea pelican is the largest species of pelican; the males often hunt alone at the sea.
  9. Remarkably the brown sea pelican can swoop down to fish on the ocean surface from enormous heights.
  10. They are omnivores mainly feeding on fish, prawns, crabs, small species of turtle and squid.
  11. They have very few natural predators in Wild dogs and cats and humans hunt them for meat and feathers.
  12. They rest and nest together but hunt and feed alone.
  13. The pelicans breed with a group of males chasing a single female, the courtship may happen on land, air or water.
  14. The female pelican lays 2 eggs on an average, which are incubated by both parents for almost a month.
  15. Often only one of the two chicks would survive and would be looked after by the mother for 3 months.

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