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Pelican

At the Cincinnati Zoo.

While floating on the water’s surface, the pink-backed pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) spots a fish swimming below. It thrusts its head under water, scoops up the fish, drains the water from its pouch, and throws back its head to swallow its dinner.

FactsEdit

  • Where to see them: Central and southern Africa
  • Weight: 8.6 to 15.4 lbs
  • Wingspan: Up to 8ft
  • Habitat: Wetlands
  • Diet: Mainly fish; some frogs and insects