Pink-backed Pelican
Pelecanus rufescens

– very large waterbird, smallest pelican
– considerably larger than White Stork
– potential vagrant to WP, African origin, annually records of escapes
– diurnal migrant
– migrates in flocks in formation


Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens, IMM
BIF1782, 23/01/2014, Lake Albert, Uganda, Mathias Putze

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens, IMM
BIF1783, 23/01/2014, Lake Albert, Uganda, Mathias Putze

Pink-backed Pelican Pelecanus rufescens, IMM (right), AD (left)
BIF1784, 30/01/2014, Negele Borana, Ethiopia, Mathias Putze

voice: usually nonvocal during migration

comparison species:
Great White Pelican (v)
Dalmatian Pelican (v)

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