Spot-billed Pelican

Grey Pelican

Spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) is relatively small with the typically large bill that characterizes this family of water birds. It has a spotted bill and the throat pouch is also spotted. The bird has large expandable throat pouches, which are used to scoop up fish from the surface of the water. The plumage is dusky grey and the crown is tufted at the back of the head.

The bird inhabits a variety of wetlands, from freshwater to saline, in open or forested areas. It nests in colonies, usually in old trees. The bird can be found on lakes, rivers, along coastline and in estuaries. They normally fish for food in groups.

Grey Pelican can be spotted in the Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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