Pelicans are large water birds of the order Pelecaniformes, characterized by long beaks and large, expansile throat pouches, used to catch aquatic prey and to drain water out. This pouch (along with the bill and the bare facial skin), becomes brightly coloured before the breeding season. Habitat destruction, environmental pollution and over-fishing are among the conservation threats faced by these large water birds.
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