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Great White Pelican

Pelecanus onocrolatus

Description:

This enormous bird has a spectacular azure blue bill with a central red stripe, and ending in a small, red hook. Beneath the lower jaw of the pelican, and extending to the base of the throat, is a bright yellow, elastic pouch that can hold a large volume of fish. The area of the face from the eye up to the bill is bare and fleshy pink. The head has a white crest of long, bushy feathers. The body feathers are creamy white with black tips to the wings. The feet are yellow and strongly webbed

Habitat:

Sedentary populations are found year-round in Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. Migratory populations are found from Eastern Europe to Kazakstan during the breeding season and from northeast Africa through Iraq to north India in the winter. Great white pelicans have also been seen in southern Vietnam


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58 Comments (1–25)

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Tahnks you all for you positive comments. It make it sooooooo much nicer! :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri a year ago

Congratulations !!

PrabuddhaGupta
PrabuddhaGupta a year ago

Amazingpics

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano a year ago

Congratulations Cristiane for the SOTW !

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen a year ago

Congratulations Christiane

The fifth picture is really heartwarming!
Congrats!

Telse
Telse a year ago

Spectacular photos.

Tom15
Tom15 a year ago

Great series, congratulations!

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Thanks Ashley.. I think they are very old friends.. :)

AshleyT
AshleyT a year ago

Congrats! I love the last photo as well, seems like they are best friends :)

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Thanks cranbrook-sda-youth1...

Amazing!

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Thanks Alice...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup a year ago

Wow Christiane you got the double! Well deserved, congratulations!

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Thanks Emily,Lauren and Rieko.. I uploaded the last photo later.. :)

RiekoS
RiekoS a year ago

I agree. I like the last picture which I did not see the first time when I saw this spotting.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate a year ago

Very beautiful Christiane...I love the last picture!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino a year ago

I love the 5th picture! Trust on both their parts! How wonderful! Congrats!

Christiane
Christiane a year ago

Thanks to all of you.. It is so much fun to share with you! :)

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel a year ago

Very nice and surprising, congratulations :)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann a year ago

FASCINATING!!!!!

MaureenMendoza
MaureenMendoza a year ago

i love the pics, fantastic...

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne a year ago

Beautiful and congratulations!

Elsa
Elsa a year ago

Gorgeous, Christiane!

RiekoS
RiekoS a year ago

Congratulations for your beautiful pictures in the National Geographic Spotting of the Week. It is so special!!!

Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Lat: 49.48, Long: 8.49

Spotted on May 3, 2013
Submitted on May 3, 2013

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