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Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican

Pelecanus onocrotalus

Family

Pelecanidae

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Range

Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa

Habitat

Shallow swamps

Highlights

With a wingspan of up to 12 feet, great white pelicans are one of the largest flighted birds in the world, and they live, breed, migrate, and feed in large colonies.

Great white pelicans great white pelicans feature unique plumage – white, pinkish body feathers, a featherless head, and black underwing feathers. With a wingspan of up to 12 feet, great white pelicans are one of the largest flighted birds in the world, and they live, breed, migrate, and feed in large colonies. Males defend their territory by gaping and clapping and attacking with its bill. Threats: Habitat destruction, overfishing, and pollution.

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