Pelicans are large birds that live near water. They are amusing to watch. They soar about 5 inches from the surface of the water, only to rise slightly when they flap their wings. They never touch the water when they fly. Pelicans live near lakes, rivers, and seacoasts of the world. While reaching a length of 180 cm, having a wingspan of 3 m , and weighing up to 13 kg , they are among the largest of living birds. Pelicans eat fish, which they catch by using the big pouch on their throat. They put it in the water like a net. The pouch is not used to store the fish, which are swallowed immediately. The brown pelican captures fish by a spectacular plunge from the air. Pelicans lay one to four white eggs in a stick nest and the young hatch in about a month. The young live on regurgitated food obtained by thrusting their bills down the parent's gullet. The young mature at three to four years. Pelicans are not endanger and there are lots of them near the waterways. They are the most impressive birds on the coast.