Pelecaniformes

Families overview for this order

  • Medium-sized to large wading and terrestrial birds with longish neck and legs; long bill thin and decurved, or broad and flat.
  • All regions except Antarctic, with greatest diversity in tropics.
  • Variety of wetlands, with some species in forests, grassland and arid or semi-arid areas.
  • Medium-sized to large wading birds with long bill, neck and legs.
  • All regions except Antarctic, with greatest diversity in tropics.
  • Wide variety of wetland habitats; a few species mainly terrestrial.
  • Medium-sized wading birds with heavy bill and singular backward-pointing crest.
  • Afrotropical Region.
  • Woodland and wetlands.
  • Large, long-legged wading birds with huge, bulbous bill.
  • East and Central Africa.
  • Swamps, usually with papyrus.
  • Large waterbirds with long, heavy bill and voluminous distensible pouch.
  • All regions except Antarctic.
  • Stretches of open water, both coastal and inland, from tropical to warmer temperate zones.