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White Pelican
Pelecanus onocrotalus

Map of the common names

A very striking bird (L 180 cm), with a stately flight. White plumage has a distinct orange-coloured tinge. Yellow throat-sac. The White Pelicans in freshwater or brackish wetlands, mainly in deltas or lakes. The diet is strictly fish. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Greek population underwent a slightly decline during recent years. Its population is only approximately 50 breeding pairs. The main threats for the species are the loss of breeding and feeding areas (due to drainage for agriculture of wetlands, water extraction for irrigation, etc), destruction of breeding colonies by fishermen, shooting and collisions with electric powerlines.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
40 / 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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