Order Pelecaniformes

Family Pelecanidae

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  • 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.
  • 105-188 cm.
  • 1 genus, 8 species, 12 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Elliott, A. & Bonan, A. (2019). Pelicans (Pelecanidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52198 on 12 December 2019).