Great White Pelican

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Great White Pelican
Great White Pelican
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Genus: Pelecanus
Species: P. onocrotalus
Binomial name
Pelecanus onocrotalus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is also known as the Eastern White Pelican or White Pelican. They are the second largest birds in the pelican family, with only the Dalmatian Pelican larger than them.

The pelican breeds in southeastern Europe, south Asia, and Africa.[2] They are most common in Africa, as 80% of the 90,000 breeding pairs mate there.[2] However, because of climate change and humans using the wetlands they live in, some populations of great white pelicans are declining.[3]


References[change | edit source]

  1. Bird, J., Butchart, S. (2009). Eudyptula minor. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 10 October 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Underhill, Les and de Ponte, Maria (10 June 2004). "Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus". Avian Demography Unit. Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town. http://web.uct.ac.za/depts/stats/adu/species/sp049_00.htm. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  3. Butchart, Stuart; Ekstrom, Jonathan; and Malpas, Lucy. "Species Factsheet: Pelecanus onocrotalus". BirdLife International. http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3809. Retrieved 10 October 2011.