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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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vicente machado 10-May-2010 20:40
The white feathers seem to be a kind of Carnival's fantasy.
bob 11-Oct-2007 05:08
vikita 09-Dec-2006 15:58
It's wonderful!!! And.....a bit scared
caroline huet 03-Dec-2006 16:12
wow! what a photo! it's wonderful!
Guest 01-Dec-2006 13:32
this is really a great shot, big vote.
Yves Rubin10-Jul-2006 21:36
Fantastic shot! This one is a rock star having forgotten to make up his hair...
Guest 04-Mar-2005 11:08
*laugh* Fantastic shot! Lots of detail.
This bird could use some gel for his hair ;-)