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Books about Pelicans

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Pelicans. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis

Peruvian Pelican
Pelecanus thagus

American White Pelican
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Great White Pelican
Pelecanus onocrotalus

Dalmatian Pelican
Pelecanus crispus

Pink-backed Pelican
Pelecanus rufescens

Spot-billed Pelican
Pelecanus philippensis

Australian Pelican
Pelecanus conspicillatus


Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Relatives: Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Fregatidae, Phaethontidae

J. Bryan Nelson

Colour plates: Andrew Mackay

Black-and-white drawings: John Busby

Oxford University Press


680 pages, 12 colour plates, 159 halftones, 62 maps

"This volume comprises 5 general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the families covered; 12 specially commissioned colour plates showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies; 159 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour; descriptions of each individual species."

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Pelicans, Cormorants, and Their Kin

Erin Pembrey Swan

Animals In Order series

Franklin Watts


"This childrens book explains how pelicans and their relatives are classified and describes some of the commoner species. Also provides information on where and how the birds live."

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Pelicans in the Former USSR

Editor: A.J. Crivelli, V.G. Krivenko, V.G. Vinogradov

Wetlands International


"Presents data on the Palaearctic nesting populations of Great White and Dalmation Pelicans, with an emphasis on the importance of the former USSR to the species."

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Cormorants, Darters, and Pelicans of the World

Paul A. Johnsgard

Smithsonian Institute


"The first comprehensive study of the world's 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters, and seven species of pelicans. The first section of the book analyses comparative biology and second gives detailed accounts of individual species. Includes colour illustrations and anatomical drawings."

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The Return Of The Brown Pelican

Joseph E. Brown

Photographs: Dan Guravich

Foreword: Roger Tory Peterson

Louisiana State University Press



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Catalogue Of The Plataleae, Herodiones, Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcae and Impennes In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XXVI

Plataleae and Herodiones: R. Bowdler Sharpe

Steganopodes, Pygopodes, Alcae, Impennes: W.R. Ogilvie-Grant

14 colour plates: J. Smit, J.G. Keulemans

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)


From the preface:

"The present volume, though not numerically the last, has been, owing to various delays in its production, the last to appear. Its publication completes the series, as originally projected by Dr. Gunther more than twenty-five years ago. The whole work consists of twenty-seven volumes, and it may fairly claim to be one of the most important aids to the study of Systematic Ornithology which has ever been produced. The first volume appeared in June 1874. The others have followed at intervals averaging rather less than a year. The publication of the work has therefore been very nearly coincident with Dr. Gunther's administration of the Zoological Department of the Museum. It is to him that the general arrangement and supervision of the work is due, although each contributor has been allowed a considerable latitude in following his own views as to the details of classification and nomenclature."
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Last updated August 2011