The Pelecanidae – Pelicans+ are a Family of large species of Type – water-bird, and the Order Pelecaniformes. The 8 extant species are classified into 2 groups, with 3 in the New World and 5 in the Old World. Their long bills are characterized by having a very flexible pouch under the lower bill, ideal for getting rid of the excess water after catching fish under water. They are wide spread over Temperate and Tropical regions of the world as well as coastal waters, not the open ocean. They are usually gregarious in all their flying and fishing habits and nest colonially on inland wetlands and sheltered coastal waters where they search for fish at or near the surface. For nesting the white coloured species prefer to nest on the ground while the coloured species prefer to nest in trees. At the moment there is only the single sub-family, Pelicans in the Family Pelecanidae.
Type - Water-bird Breeding Habitat - inland shallow water wetlands, coastal waters, isolated islands, trees, Wintering Habitat - unfrozen lakes, beaches, estuaries, sand spits, deltas,
Order: Pelecaniformes Family: Pelecanidae Genus: Pelecanus