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Dalmatian Pelican
Pelecanus crispus

Map of the common names

Similar in size (180 cm) to White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), has a steel-grey tinge to plumage and in spring a reedish throat-sac. The diet is strictly fish. Birds prefer to winter in deltas where they can easily find adequate night roosts and abundant stocks of fishs. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Greek breeding population is about 300 pairs and appears stable in recent years. The Dalmatian Pelican is particularly vulnerable because its small population is concentrated at only a few sites. Like the White Pelican, the Dalmatian Pelican is threatened by the loss of habitats together with the destruction of breeding colonies by fishermen. Shooting and collisions with electric powerlines occur during migration and on the wintering-grounds, and are additional threats to pelicans.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
250 / 550 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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