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Great White Pelican

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  • Parus major
  • Tits, Chickadees & Kinglets

About the Great White Pelican

Also known as: Rosy Pelican, Eastern White Pelican, European White Pelican, White Pelican

The Great White Pelican is aptly named -- it is a very large species pelican (only the Dalmatian Pelican is larger). Adult Great White Pelicans have a white plumage. They are found across parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Great White Pelicans are also known as Eastern White Pelicans, Rosy Pelicans, or simply White Pelicans (not to be confused with the American White Pelican). Great White Pelicans dine on fish almost exclusively. They feed by scooping their massive beaks into the water and then letting the water sieve out as they raise their beak and pouch. The fish that remain in the pouch are then consumed.

Great White Pelicans have a very large range. As of July 2014 their conservation status is Least Concern.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 July 2014
Scientific Name Pelecanus onocrotalus
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Pelecanidae
  • Pelecanus
  • P. onocrotalus
Birdorable Family Waterbirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
55 to 71 inches
89 to 142 inches
190 to 529 ounces

International Names

  • 白鹈鹕 (Chinese)
  • pelikán bílý (Czech)
  • Hvid Pelikan (Danish)
  • Roze Pelikaan (Dutch)
  • pelikaani (Finnish)
  • Pélican blanc (French)
  • Rosapelikan (German)
  • Pellicano bianco (Italian)
  • モモイロペリカン [momoiroperikan] (Japanese)
  • Hvitpelikan (Norwegian)
  • pelikan różowy (Polish)
  • Розовый пеликан (Russian)
  • Pelícano Común (Spanish)
  • Vit pelikan (Swedish)