[L. pelicanus.] A large web-footed water-bird, remarkable for its long, large, flattened bill, to which is attached a bag or pouch for holding the fish taken for food. Pelicans live along the shores of seas, lakes, and rivers. They hover over the water in search of prey, and plunge upon it when it appears, storing it in their pouch until it is full, when they go to some lonely place to bring it out at leisure to eat or to feed their young. Pelicans are natives of the eastern parts of Europe, and of many parts of Asia and Africa. The American white and brown pelicans abound on the Florida coast in winter, but breed on the North American lakes.