Pelicans are one of nature’s giant birds, with individual specimens reaching a wingspan of 5 metres. They live on every continent except Antarctica, although our pelicans all originate from Africa.
Pelicans are known for their unusual beaks, which can hold up to three buckets of fish in their elastic pouch. They will happily eat fish, tadpoles, and crustaceans…even the odd turtle.
Although Pelicans are heavy birds, they are aided to fly by air sacs in their bones, which give them extra buoyancy.