Pelecanus is a genus from the Pelecanidae family.
Pelicans are very large birds with very long, terminally hooked, bills characterised by the attachment of a huge gular pouch. The slender rami of the lower bill and the flexible tongue muscles form the pouch into a basket for catching fish and, sometimes, rainwater. They have a long neck and short stout legs with large, fully webbed, feet. Although they appear bulky they are relatively light because of air pockets in the skeleton and beneath the skin so that they float high in the water. The tail is short and square, with 20 to 24 retrices. The wings are long and broad, suitably shaped for soaring and gliding flight, and have the unusually large number of 30 to 35 secondary flight feathers. They are among the heaviest flying birds.
Australian Pelican (Temminck, 1824) (Pelecanus conspicillatus) Dalmatian Pelican (Bruch, 1832) (Pelecanus crispus) American White Pelican (Gmelin, 1789) (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) Brown Pelican (Linnaeus, 1766) (Pelecanus occidentalis) Great White Pelican (Linnaeus, 1758) (Pelecanus onocrotalus) Spot-billed Pelican (Gmelin, 1789) (Pelecanus philippensis) Peruvian Pelican (Molina, 1782) (Pelecanus thagus)