Great White Pelican

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 July 2014
Scientific Name
Pelecanus onocrotalus
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Pelecanidae
  • Pelecanus
  • P. onocrotalus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
55 to 71 inches
89 to 142 inches
190 to 529 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白鹈鹕
Czech (Cesky) pelikán bílý
Danish (Dansk) Hvid Pelikan
Dutch (Nederlands) Roze Pelikaan
Finnish (Suomi) pelikaani
French (Français) Pélican blanc
German (Deutsch) Rosapelikan
Italian (Italiano) Pellicano bianco
Japanese (日本語) モモイロペリカン [momoiroperikan]
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitpelikan
Polish (Polski) pelikan różowy
Russian (русский язык) Розовый пеликан
Spanish (Español) Pelícano Común
Swedish (Svenska) Vit pelikan
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