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Pelican, Pink-backed
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Pelecanus rufescens
Africa, Angola, Asia, Atlantic Islands, Botswana, Burundi, Central Africa, East Africa, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Europe, Free State Province, Gauteng Province, Global, Horn of Africa, Hungary, Ilkeliani, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Limpopo Province, Malawi, Middle East, Mozambique, Mpumalanga Province, Namibia, Nigeria, North Africa, North West Province, Portugal, Rwanda, South Africa, South Central Africa Read more
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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or ...
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This is a relatively small pelican though by no means a small bird. The size difference is apparent besides the sympatric Great White Pelican as well as its grayish as opposed to white plumage. Length is from 125 to 155 cm (49 to 61 in), wingspan is 2.15–2.9 m (7.1–9.5 ft) and body mass if from 4 to 7 kg (8.8 to 15 lb). The bill is 30 to 38 cm (12 to 15 in) in length.[ 1] [ 2] The plumage is grey and white, with a pinkish hue on the back occasionally apparent (never in the deep pink of a flamingo). The top of the bill is yellow and the pouch is usually greyish. Breeding adults have long feather plumes on the head. ...
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