Pelecaniformes are an order of large water birds. They all eat fish, and have all four of
their toes webbed together. Within this order of birds, the Pelicans, Cormorants, and the Anhinga
lay from three to five eggs. All the remaining species only lay one egg.
Pelicans are well known for the large pouches under their beaks which they fill with fish. They
scoop up a pouch full of water and fish, and then simply push out the water. For centuries,
fishermen in many countries have used tame Cormorants to help them fish. They put a ring, with
a leash attached, around the bird's neck. The ring keeps them from swallowing fish they catch, so
the fisherman can take them from the bird's mouth. The leash keeps them from flying away.
There are six families of this order living along the ocean shores on either side of North America.
The exceptions are the White Pelican and the Double-Crested Cormorant which are found around
inland water in both Canada and the United States of America.
The families occurring off the shores of North America are Phathontidae (Tropicbirds),
Pelecanidae (Pelicans), Fregatidae (Frigatebirds), Sulidae (Gannets and
Boobies), Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants), and Anhingidae (Anhingas).
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