Poem for Pelicans
“Wonderful birds are pelicans
Their bills will hold more than their belican.
They can take in their beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how they helican.”
Ok, so I haven’t been around the world yet checking out all varieties of pelicans. But…as Baby Boomer age has arrived, I find myself relating to the antics of the fascinating varieties I have met. (Please note this isn’t an Ornithological report just a ramble of observations!)
However – the poem is actually right.
A pelican’s pouch near its bill will indeed hold more than its belly. The pouch will hold up to three gallons (14 litres) of water, whereas its stomach will only hold about one gallon (4.5 litres)