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Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian Pelican

Scientific name: Pelecanus crispus
Order: Pelecaniformes

The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe through Asia to China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

This is the largest of the pelicans, averaging 170 cm (67 inches) in length, 11-15 kg (24-33 lbs) in weight and just over 3 m (10 ft) in wingspan. On average, it's the world's heaviest flying species, although large male bustards and swans can exceed the pelican in maximum weight.

This pelican migrates short distances. In flight, it is an elegant soaring bird, with the flock moving in synchrony.

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Jason Anderson26-Mar-2008 02:45
When geneticists go too far... Too funny. Great orange too.
Yves Rubin31-Aug-2006 17:22
Superb portrait, a bird with great character!