Fauna of Saskatchewan 17

IMGP2216 2American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Location: Wascana Waterfowl Display Ponds

Interesting facts:

– A baby pelican may eat up to 150 pounds of  fish before they are nine weeks old.

– The plate or projection on the pelican’s bill is shed after the breeding season.

– Pelicans never carry food in their bill pouches.

– They have a wing span of 8 – 10 feet, amongst the top ten in the world.

– Pelicans can live over 16 years in the wild, some live to be 25.


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