Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator)
Puerto Ayora. Santa Cruz Island, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
ECUADOR. South America
These birds are relatives of the frigate birds. However they use their pouches for trapping water and with luck some fish. Brown pelicans are the smallest of the family and the only pelicans which are truly marine and also together with the Peruvian pelicans that plunge-dive to catch their food. They nest in scattered colonies throughout the archipelago. Breeding occurs in any month, although particular colonies are synchronised.