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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Pelecanidae — the pelicans.


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From Latin pelecānus, from Ancient Greek πελεκάν (pelekan).


  • Mrs. Benjamin tells me its name in Latin: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos.

    The Memory Palace

  • Shores of lakes and wetlands are important habitat for water [bird species such as Pelecanus crispus, Platelea leucoridia, Cygnus cygnus, Cygnopsis cygnoides, Oxyura leucocephala Phalacrocorax carbo, Anser anser, Tadorna ferruginea, Anas platyrhynchos, Fulica atra and a variety of migratory birds.

    Great Lakes Basin desert steppe

  • The American White (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is usually found on inland freshwater lakes, while the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a coast-dweller.

    Did you know? Mexico's largest bird is the American White Pelican

  • The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), a widespread and strictly coastal species, is one of 830 bird species found in this hotspot.

    Biological diversity in Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena

  • In addition, these mangrove forests shelter a large number of species in certain groups such as 42 species of birds, including Pelecanus occidentalis, Columbina sp., and Fregata magnificens; carious mammals such as crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus), mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata), white-faced capuchin (Cebus capucinus), and jaguar (Panthera onca), and reptiles like Iguana iguana.

    Manabí mangroves

  • There is a rookery of grey pelicans Pelecanus philippensis near Kaziranga village.

    Kaziranga National Park, India

  • There are 99 breeding species, and the only Bulgarian colonies of Dalmatian pelican Pelecanus crispus (V) (80 pairs in 1999) and great egret Egretta alba (10-15 pairs).

    Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria

  • There are large seasonal populations of marabou stork Leptoptilos crumeniferus and pelicans Pelecanus onocrotalus and P. rufescens.

    Manovo-Gounda-St Floris National Park, Central African Republic

  • Rare or threatened birds listed under the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973 include California brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis, bald eagle Haliaetus leucocephalus and peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus anatum.

    Grand Canyon National Park, United States

  • Other noteworthy breeding birds are brown pelican Pelecanus occidentalis and magnificent frigate bird Fregata magnificens.

    Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Belize


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