Pelican Facts

Pink Backed Pelican facts at Birdland

This week we are going to be learning about the Pink-Backed Pelican species we look after at Birdland as well as some totally awesome pelican facts!

There are eight species of Pelican in the wild and they primarily inhabit warm regions within Australia, the Americas and Canada. The Pink-Backed Pelican comes from Africa and can be found in the Out of Africa area of Birdland Park & Gardens.

Pelicans are known for their large beaks which has a large skin pocket, designed for catching fish. Many species catch fish by swimming in cooperative groups, usually forming a line or a U shape. They then beat their wings on the surface of the water, congregating the fish in the shallows. The Brown Pelican actually dives for its food.

Fun Pelican Facts

  • The pelican family is at least 30 million years old!
  • Pelicans do not store fish in their beaks. They use it to catch fish and drain out the water before swallowing the fish.
  • The American White Pelican can hold up to 3 gallons of water in its bill!

Pelican Inspired Craft

Why not have a go at home with a square piece of paper and try creating an origami pelican.

What will yours look like at the end? Be sure to share your creations with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Watch our Pelican Feeding Display

Whilst you cannot currently watch our Pelican feeding display at the park, you can check in our with Head Keeper as he streams the daily feeding display on Facebook. Head over to our live stream schedule page to find out more.

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