Gannets in flight, following a fishing boat to look for fish

Pelicans, cormorants and gannets

Pelicans, cormorants and gannets are an order of birds known as the pelecaniformes. It also encompases, amongst others, the tropicbirds, frigatebirds and anhingas. They are all waterbirds with webbed feet, and catch fish, squid and other aquatic creatures.

Scientific name: Pelecaniformes

Rank: Order

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Pelicans, cormorants and gannets taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Pelicans, cormorants and gannets

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