Pelicans are water birds that have long beaks with a pouch for catching their prey, principally fish. They often hunt and breed in colonies. We chose some of our favourite pelican images from the archive.

A brown pelican preening, San Diego, California, USA (National Geographic/robertharding)

A brown pelican preening, San Diego, California, United States of America

Chilean pelicans preening, Lobos De Tierra, Peru (Pete Oxford/robertharding)

Chilean pelicans preening, Lobos De Tierra, Peru,

Close up of a flying brown pelican, San Diego, California (National Geographic/robertharding)

Close up of a flying brown pelican, San Diego, California, United States of America

Pelicans, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa (imageBROKER/robertharding)

Pelicans (pelicanus onocrotalus), Masai Mara, Kenya, Afrika

White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), portrait (imageBROKER/robertharding)

White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), portrait

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