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Thousands of pelicans arrive in Kansas


September 3, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of pelicans have been spotted in a wildlife area in central Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle reports that about 9,000 pelicans were spotted Tuesday at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend.

The birds are white with wingspans as large as 9-feet wide.

"White pelicans definitely have a "wow" factor because they're so big, much bigger than a bald eagle," said Mike Rader, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wildlife education coordinator. "They have the biggest wingspan of any bird in Kansas."

Though they waddle clumsily on land, they're gracef...

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