Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) - HBW 1, p. 309
French: Pélican blanc
Spanish: Pelícano Común
Other common names: Eastern White/European White/Rosy Pelican
Taxonomy: Pelecanus Onocrotalus Linnaeus, 1758, Caspian Sea.
Some African and Asian populations have been classified as P. (o.) roseus (Rosy Pelican), but strong individual variation, and both subdivision and denomination now obsolete (see page 290). Monotypic.
Distribution: Breeds E Europe to W Mongolia, wintering (?) NE Africa and Iraq to N India; also resident in Africa S of Sahara and at single sites in NW India and S Viet Nam.
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A group in a lake feeding coordinately Locality Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 15 January 2001 6 years ago 58 sec 4.5
A group of birds preening and one of them swimming around and fishing Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Peter van Dam 26 August 2006 5 years ago 46 sec 4.5
A group swimming around with Pink-backed Pelicans, at dusk Locality Lake Naivasha, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Peter van Dam 26 August 2006 5 years ago 32 sec 4.4
A big group walking on the edge of a lake. Locality Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch, Kutch District, Gujarat, India (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 17 February 2011 1 year ago 27 sec 4.4
A group of birds swimming Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Ron Hoff 30 November 2007 5 years ago 35 sec 4.4
A flock of birds swimming and fishing Locality Burgas (Vaya) Lake, Bulgaria (Monotypic species)
Iva Hristova 8 September 2006 6 years ago 29 sec 4.3
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It was taken when I was under camouflage. two pelicans swimmed and came in my front (distance of 6-7 m) for resting.
Locality Göksü Delta, Mersin Province, Turkey
ahmet karataş 22 April 2012 1 year ago 4.5
in flight during automn migration
Locality Ma'agan Michael, Israel
Lior Kislev 10 November 2005 2 years ago 4.5
An adult perching on a parially submerged log in a freshwater spring on the shore of Lake Nakuru.
Locality Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Steve Garvie 13 July 2010 2 years ago 4.3
Locality Jamnagar District, Gujarat, India
Subramanya_CK 10 January 2010 3 years ago 4.3
An adult bird - the beak red tip is typical of the breeding season
Locality Bioparco, Roma, Lazio Region, Italy
raniero massoli-novelli 9 March 2012 1 year ago 4.1
observed 8-10 pelicans actively reversing the pouch with the support of the chest for five seconds or so at a time. During this
Locality Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Jaysukh Parekh Suman 3 February 2009 1 year ago 4.1