Characterised by their long beak and large throat poach used for catching prey and draining water, pelicans are already aesthetically peculiar looking birds.Pelicans frequent inland and coastal waters where they feed principally on fish, catching them at or near the water surface.
They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the brown and Peruvian pelicans. The bills, pouches and bare facial skin of all species become brightly coloured before the breeding season.
These pelicans aren’t trying to be creepy, they’re just sleepy! Watch as they casually display the most horrifying yawn in nature.
They are gregarious birds, travelling in flocks, hunting cooperatively and breeding colonially. Four white-plumaged species tend to nest on the ground, and four brown or grey-plumaged species nest mainly in trees.