Birds

 

Great white pelican

Pelecanus onocrotalus


Class Aves   Pelecanus onocrotalus
Order Pelecaniformes
Distribution Europe, Asia and Africa
Habitat Swamps and shallow lake areas.
Conservation Status Least Concern (LC)
Behaviour The great white pelican is highly sociable and often appears in large flocks. It is well adapted for aquatic life. Its legs are short and strong with fully webbed toes that allow it to propel itself in water and to take off from the water surface. It is an elegant soaring bird, with its head held close to and aligned with the body when flying. Its flight consists of a few slow wing beats followed by a glide. Once aloft, the long-winged pelicans are powerful fliers, and often travel in spectacular linear, circular or V-formation groups.

 

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