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| colspan=4 | Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their lives on land and half in the oceans.
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| colspan=4 | The Pelecaniformes is a (possibly invalid) order of medium-sized and large waterbirds found worldwide. As traditionally—but erroneously—defined, they encompass all birds that have feet with all four toes webbed. Hence, they were formerly also known by such names as totipalmates or steganopodes. Most have a bare throat patch (gular patch), and the nostrils have evolved into dysfunctional slits, forcing them to breathe through their mouths. They feed on fish, squid or similar marine life. Nesting is colonial, but individual birds are monogamous. The young are altricial, hatching from the egg helpless and naked in most. They lack a brood patch.
 
 
Although all penguin species are native to the Southern Hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin live so far south. Several species are found in the temperate zone, and one species, the Galápagos Penguin, lives near the equator.
 
  
 
For more information, visit the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelecaniformes Wikipedia entry].
 
For more information, visit the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelecaniformes Wikipedia entry].
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Revision as of 09:05, 16 September 2013

The Pelecaniformes is a (possibly invalid) order of medium-sized and large waterbirds found worldwide. As traditionally—but erroneously—defined, they encompass all birds that have feet with all four toes webbed. Hence, they were formerly also known by such names as totipalmates or steganopodes. Most have a bare throat patch (gular patch), and the nostrils have evolved into dysfunctional slits, forcing them to breathe through their mouths. They feed on fish, squid or similar marine life. Nesting is colonial, but individual birds are monogamous. The young are altricial, hatching from the egg helpless and naked in most. They lack a brood patch.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia entry.

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Incertae sedis Pelican Australian Pelican Dalmatian Pelican Great White Pelican
American White Pelican Brown Pelican Copepteryx Heron
Goliath heron Black-crowned Night Heron Grey Heron Great Egret
Snowy Egret Shoebill Hamerkop Crested Ibis
African Sacred Ibis American White Ibis Scarlet Ibis Black-faced Spoonbill