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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 11 months ago

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

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 months ago

Congratulations !!

PrabuddhaGupta
PrabuddhaGupta 11 months ago

Amazingpics

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 11 months ago

Congratulations Cristiane for the SOTW !

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 11 months ago

Congratulations Christiane

The fifth picture is really heartwarming!
Congrats!

Telse
Telse 11 months ago

Spectacular photos.

Tom15
Tom15 11 months ago

Great series, congratulations!

Christiane
Christiane 11 months ago

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

AshleyT
AshleyT 11 months ago

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

Christiane
Christiane 11 months ago

Thanks cranbrook-sda-youth1...

cranbrook-sda-youth1
cranbrook-sda-youth1 11 months ago

Amazing!

Christiane
Christiane 11 months ago

Thanks Alice...

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 11 months ago

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

Christiane
Christiane 11 months ago

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

RiekoS
RiekoS 11 months ago

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

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 11 months ago

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

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 11 months ago

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

Christiane
Christiane 11 months ago

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

Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 11 months ago

Very nice and surprising, congratulations :)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 11 months ago

FASCINATING!!!!!

MaureenMendoza
MaureenMendoza 11 months ago

i love the pics, fantastic...

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 11 months ago

Beautiful and congratulations!

Elsa
Elsa 11 months ago

Gorgeous, Christiane!

RiekoS
RiekoS 11 months 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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