Great white pelican

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Great white pelican
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Great white pelican
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Genus: Pelecanus
Binomial name
Pelecanus onocrotalus
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is also known as the Eastern white pelican, white pelican, or old world 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 | change 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. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  3. Butchart, Stuart; Ekstrom, Jonathan; and Malpas, Lucy. "Species Factsheet: Pelecanus onocrotalus". BirdLife International. Event occurs at 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.