The island gives refuge to a variety of birds, from egrets to pelicans, which are in great danger as the oil comes ashore.
A short time before our adventure with the native we had seen three pelicans coming from the north.
Before that pelicans were all black; now they are black and white.
Cranes and pelicans were fishing off the shoals, and outside rippled the green channel, and beyond that the dark-blue sea.
The pelicans on the lake were to them as the swans on a private pond.
So I threw him some fresh clover, and went on to the pelicans.
The birds were equally admirable, especially the pelicans and the emew.
There are several allusions by Shakespeare to the pelicans piercing her own breast to feed her young.
Our first overt act of hostility against the pelicans was unsuccessful.
Thursday they had a flock of pardelas, two pelicans, a rabihorcado and a gull.
Old English pellicane, from Late Latin pelecanus, from Greek pelekan "pelican" (so used by Aristotle), apparently related to pelekas "woodpecker" and pelekys "ax," perhaps so called from the shape of the bird's bill. Spelling influenced in Middle English by Old French pelican. Used in Septuagint to translate Hebrew qaath. The fancy that it feeds its young on its own blood is an Egyptian tradition properly belonging to some other bird. Louisiana has been known as the Pelican state at least since 1859.
are frequently met with at the waters of Merom and the Sea of Galilee. The pelican is ranked among unclean birds (Lev. 11:18; Deut. 14:17). It is of an enormous size, being about 6 feet long, with wings stretching out over 12 feet. The Hebrew name (kaath, i.e., "vomiter") of this bird is incorrectly rendered "cormorant" in the Authorized Version of Isa. 34:11 and Zeph. 2:14, but correctly in the Revised Version. It receives its Hebrew name from its habit of storing in its pouch large quantities of fish, which it disgorges when it feeds its young. Two species are found on the Syrian coast, the Pelicanus onocrotalus, or white pelican, and the Pelicanus crispus, or Dalmatian pelican.