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Pelecanus philippensis
Photo by Peter Ericsson
Photo taken: Khao Kaew, Chonburi , Thailand.

Identification

125-150 cm. White, grey crest, hindneck and tail, bluish lores, mostly pinkish upper mandible, and pale flight feathers from below. In breeding plumage, there is a pink tone to the rump and underwings. Non-breeders are off-white in these areas, and immature birds are brown. Grey spots on the pink bill in the breeding season.

Distribution

Southern Asia from southern Pakistan, India to Indonesia.

Taxonomy

Habitat

Deep and shallow wetlands, both man-made and natural, freshwater and saline, open and forested.

Behaviour

It breeds colonially in tall trees or palms; the nest is a heap of vegetation. 3-4 eggs are laid.

It feeds in open water, and the diet includes fish.

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