Great White Pelican

Pelecanus onocrotalus

Size: Up to 180 cms long, wingspan up to 360 cm
Habitat: Lakes, lagoons, marshes
Feeding: Fish

The Great White Pelican, also called the White Pelican, is a huge aquatic bird.

 It has a large body, short legs and webbed feet. Its most distinguishing feature is the long bill with a large pouch which is used as a scoop to collect fish and water.

The plummage is usually grey or white, but during the breeding season can turn a pinkish colour, like the one on the left.

This photo was taken in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya.







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