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Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch.

Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterized by a long beak and a large throat pouch. Stock Photo
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Inge Johnsson / Alamy Stock Photo

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J73NYC

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45.8 MB (2 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

4676 x 3423 px | 39.6 x 29 cm | 15.6 x 11.4 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

26 May 2016

Location:

Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia

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Pelicans are a genus of large water birds that makes up the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and a large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. 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. The eight living pelican species have a patchy global distribution, ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America as well as from polar regions and the open ocean.

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