Habitat and Ecology
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Pelecanus thagus
Below is the sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pelecanus thagus
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
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None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey to assess population size. Regularly monitor at certain sites throughout its range to determine population trends, particularly after El Niño years. Restrict access to important breeding colonies. Study the interactions between this species and the fisheries.
These birds are dark in colour with a white stripe from the top of the bill up to the crown and down the sides of the neck. They have long tufted feathers on the top of their heads. It used to be considered a subspecies of the brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). The Peruvian birds are nearly twice the bulk of the brown pelican, averaging 15.4 lb (7 kg) in weight; they are also longer, measuring about 5 ft (1.5 m) overall.
This bird feeds on several species of fish. It feeds by diving into the water from flight, like the brown pelican.
A Peruvian pelican takes a bath at Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Walsrode Bird Park, Germany)
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