Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52474

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Pelecanidae
Genus:Pelecanus
Genus species:Pelecans onocratalus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:140-175 cm
Identification:The eastern white pelican has a white body and white upperwing feathers. The underwing feathers are black and white. The eastern white pelican has a large, broad bill with a yellow gular pouch, and its wings have a pinkish tinge during breeding season.
Habitat:Large lakes and lagoons, coastal waters, slow moving rivers
Diet:Carnivore: fish
Reproduction:Eastern white pelicans are colonial nesters. Even if a breeding pair lays two eggs, only one chick will be raised. The breeding success rate for this species is very irregular.
Highly sociable, eastern white pelicans are often found in large flocks.
Behavior:When catching fish, a group of eastern white pelicans will drive a school into shallow water. Birds in the rear of the group will then leapfrog over the others and dive into the fleeing fish.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Africa
Southeastern Europe
Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:gull-like bird
Eastern white pelican
Great white pelican
Pelicans
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52474