Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Spot-billed Pelican

Pelecanus philippensis

Description:

The Spot-billed Pelican is a relatively small pelican but still a large bird. It is 125–152 cm (49–60 in) long and a weight of 4.1–6 kg (9-13.2 lbs). It is mainly white, with a grey crest, hindneck and a brownish tail. The feathers on the hind neck are curly and form a greyish nape crest. The pouch is pink to purplish and has large pale spots, and is also spotted on the sides of the upper mandible. The tip of the bill (or nail) is yellow to orange. In breeding plumage, the skin at the base of the beak is dark and the orbital patch is pink. In flight they look not unlike the Dalmatian Pelican but the tertials and inner secondaries are darker and a pale band runs along the greater coverts. The tail is rounder

Habitat:

The species is found to breed only in peninsular India, Sri Lanka and in Cambodia. A few birds from India are known to winter in the Gangetic plains but reports of its presence in many other parts of the region such as the Maldives, Pakistan and Bangladesh has been questioned.[2] The main habitat is in shallow lowland freshwaters. The Spot-billed Pelican is not migratory but are known to make local movements and are more widely distributed in the non-breeding season.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

4 Comments

YogeshSave
YogeshSave 8 years ago

Superb !!

thanks gerardo :):)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Grate photo!

they are near threatened species according to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List or Red Data List),

India

Spotted on Feb 28, 2012
Submitted on Feb 28, 2012

Related Spottings

Pelecanus Pelicans Brown Pelican Brown Pelican

Nearby Spottings

Painted Grasshopper Peninsular rock agama Spotting Spotting
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors