Friday, June 11, 2010

Nature Rules, Polllution Drools: Brown Pelicans

I'm starting a new project: gathering and sharing awesome animal facts. I chose the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) first because of its current struggle with the still-leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • The brown pelican's pouch holds more than three gallons! (But its stomach holds only one gallon - they have to drain the water out before they can swallow fish they've caught.)
  • Brown pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet.
  • Though their wingspan is almost seven feet, brown pelicans weight only about eight pounds.
Brown pelicans rule!

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