Totipalmate Birds (Pelecaniformes) - RStade

American White Pelican – Foraging

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

November – Texas

L=62”......WS=108”......WT=16.4 lb Order: Pelecaniformes (Totipalmate Birds) Family: Pelecanidae (Pelicans)

Pelicans sit high on the water as their buoyancy is enhanced by large system of subcutaneous air sacs in the breast area. They are very strong swimmers and forage while swimming; they do not dive for prey as the Brown Pelican does.

Pelican American White