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Pink-backed Pelican

The Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) is a member of the pelican family. It is a resident breeder in Africa, southern Arabia and Madagascar in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is built with a large heap of sticks, into which 2-3 large white eggs are laid. The chicks feed by plunging their heads deep into the adult’s pouch and taking the partially digested regurgitated fish.

This small pelican has a wingspan of around 2.4m. It is much smaller and duller than the Great White Pelican. The plumage is grey and white, with a pink back. The top of the bill is yellow and the pouch is usually grayish. Breeding adults have long feather plumes on the head.

Food is usually fish and amphibians and is usually obtained by fishing in groups.

Pink-backed Pelican