Pink-backed Pelican

Pelecanus rufescens

Size: Up to 155 cms long, wingspan up to 290 cm
Habitat: Lakes, lagoons, marshes
Feeding: Fish and amphibians

The Pink-backed Pelican is smaller than the Great White Pelican, but still large with an impressive wingspan.

Like the Great White 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 bill is yellow at the top and the pouch is grey.

The plummage is usually grey and it has a crest on its head, although it is not very obvious in the photo on the left.

This photo was taken in the Selous National Park, Tanzania.







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