Pelicans (Pelecanidae)

Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) - HBW 1, p. 309

French: Pélican à bec tacheté German: Graupelikan Spanish: Pelícano Oriental
Other common names: Grey/Philippine Pelican

Taxonomy: Pelecanus philippensis Gmelin, 1789, Philippine Islands.
Confusion in past with now obsolete P. roseus (see page 290). Formerly included P. crispus, though now generally accepted that they are two quite separate species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Once widespread in S Asia, range now much reduced. Breeding now apparently limited to Sri Lanka and SE India, though also suspected in Sumatra.