This majestic brown pelican takes a gander from his perfect perch on a clear Atlantic Ocean morning. Has he had his fish breakfast? Or, is he still on the lookout?
There are more than half a dozen species of pelicans, but all of them have the famous throat pouch for which the birds are best known. These large birds use their elastic pouches to catch fish—though different species use it in different ways.
Pelicans do not store fish in their pouch, but simply use it to catch them and then tip it back to drain out water and swallow the fish immediately. The American white pelican can hold some 3 gallons (11 1/2 liters) of water in its bill. Young pelicans feed by sticking their bills into their parents' throats to retrieve food. Fascinating facts, credit to National Geographic.
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