Pink-backed Pelican

Pelecanus rufescens

While floating on the water’s surface, the pelican spots a fish swimming below. It thrusts its head under water, scoops up the fish, drains the water from its pouch, and throws back its head to swallow its dinner.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Jungle Trails
weightWeight: 8.6 to 15.4 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 13 yrs
wingspanWingspan: Up to 8ft
habitatHabitat: Wetlands
dietDiet: Mainly fish; some frogs and insects