Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis. The Brown Pelican is unique among pelicans in that it is one of the only two (the other being the closely related Peruvian Pelican) that will dive for fish in a style akin to kingfishers. They will typically search for fish from heights of 60 to 70 feet (18-21m) before plunging into the water with an open bill to net fish in their voluminous pouch, which can hold 3 gallons of water. Pelicans will then drain the water from their pouch while holding on to the fish before tossing its catch into the air to be swallowed head-first.Galápagos Islands, Ecuador©Two Loons/Erin Lehnert
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