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Introducing New Faces at Taipei Zoo--Pink-backed Pelicans

Taipei Zoo announced that there are five new denizens in the Bird World Square—four pink-backed and one great white pelicans!

To educate the public on the unique characteristics of different birds, the Zoo has introduced the new members to the Water Bird Area, where a 39-year-old male white great pelican became a widower a few years ago and appears sad and lonely in the pool despite having the company of other bird species including grey crown cranes and black-necked swans.

With the arrival of the new friends, the male pelican has regained vitality and can be seen preening and frolicking with the pink-backed pelicans. Another amusing scene involves how the veteran denizen dexterously beat others to it when catching the delicious fish thrown to them by zoo workers at feeding time.

The Zoo invites the public to visit the Water Bird Area at feeding time from 2 PM to 3 PM during which the pelicans are most active. Visitors will be able to observe the long beak and large throat pouch characteristic of the birds at a close distance. 

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Great white pelican and pink-backed pelican Zoo worker feeding pelicans