Ocean City Aves Pelecaniformes

Ocean City Aves Pelecaniformes

Welcome to the Ocean City Pelecaniformes page, here we will document through photographs and videos the animals of the Class Pelecaniformes we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Pelecaniformes?

In the Order Pelecaniformes there are 5 extant (living) Families, and 1 Family of extinct Pelecaniforms.  The 5 living Families consist of 118 Species.  Pelecaniformes include such birds as the pelican, herons, ibises, spoonbills…

Through continuing studies and advances in technology, such as DNA research, some of the members of this Order have been reassigned.  So, though this may not be an exact typing of the birds that we have found, we will do our best to keep up with the latest designations.

Pelecaniformes are medium to large sized birds that can be found all over the world, primarily in coastal regions and inland waterways.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) | Ocean City Birds (Aves)

Photographer: Robert J Banach | Date: Summer 2014 | Location: 60th St Bayside, Ocean City, MD USA

Scientific Classification (Taxonomy) of Pelecaniformes

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Chordata >> Class: Aves >> Subclass: Neornithes >> Superorder: Aequornithes >> Order: Pelecaniformes

How Many Species Of Pelecaniformes Are There?

According to the International Ornithological Committee (IOC) World Bird List (Ver. 4.3) there are 5 Orders of Pelecaniformes that include 118 species.  The List shows only 3 Orders found in North America; the Ardeidae which includes Bitterns, Herons and Egrets, the Threskiornithidae which includes Ibises and Spoonbills, and the Pelecanidae which are the Pelicans. [1]

How Many Maryland Pelecaniformes Are There?

In the State of Maryland there are the same 3 Orders as the rest of North America, but the number of species drops to only 18, 4 of which are Rare or Accidental, and one is ‘Near-Threatened’. [2]

How Many Ocean City Pelecaniformes Are There?

The only current records, till now, are for Worcester County, they show, again, the same 3 Orders, with the same 18 species.

Ocean City Pelecaniformes We Have Found

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
Ibises, Spoonbills

Fun Facts About Pelecaniformes

  • Pelecaniformes are medium to large sized birds ranging from 16 inches to 6 feet in length
  • Courtship by Pelecaniformes is usually the male selecting a nesting sight then ‘displaying’ to attract the female, usually with the same partners each year
  • Mating in the Maryland area is usually in Spring and lasts 1 to 3 months, once the egg(s) are laid the hatchlings will break their shells, depending on bird, in 4 to 8 weeks
  • Fossils of Pelecaniformes have been found from 56 to 70 million years ago

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Learn More About Pelecaniformes

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[1]  Avibase – Bird Checklists of the World – United States of America
[2] Avibase – Bird Checklists of the World – Maryland