Brown Pelican (scapula)

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This is a scapula of an adult Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).  Brown Pelicans capture fish by plunging into the ocean from the air.  A special gland housed in the skull allows Pelicans to get rid salt ingested during feeding. 
 
Height: 5.8 mm
Width: 17.9 mm
Length: 85.5 mm
Time: Recent
Locality: N/A
Specimen: WFB-7596, Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology, UC Davis

Vertebrata Tetrapoda Aminota Diapsida Aviale Aves Pelicaniformes Pelecanidae Pelecanus occidentalis

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3D model : Ryosuke Motani Text: Ryosuke Motani, Neil Kelley

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