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    23 February 2021
    Endangered giants

    Endangered giants

    These shaggy-coiffed birds are Dalmatian pelicans, seen here in Greece’s chilly Lake Kerkini. These waterfowl are among the largest freshwater bird species in the world, with wingspans of as much as 11ft (3.4m). Dalmatian pelicans generally breed during the first four months of the year, building their nests on or near the ground, and sometimes on vegetation floating in water. While breeding, they form monogamous pairs, although they generally don't pair up for life.

    Once breeding season is over, these social birds are nomadic, flying anywhere from Eastern Europe to Central Asia, Russia and to the Indian subcontinent. They travel in search of food, hunting mostly fish and small amphibians. Dalmatians are strong swimmers and flyers, and are said to be meticulous groomers, spending a lot of time preening and splash-bathing themselves between migrations. Unfortunately, because of poaching and shrinking natural habitats, these beautiful birds are endangered, with only an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 remaining worldwide. They roamed Britain thousands of years ago but disappeared due to hunting and the draining of their wetland habitats. Some believe they could be reintroduced here, if wetlands are restored under re-wilding plans.
  1. Dalmatian pelican - Wikipedia

    This huge bird is by a slight margin the largest of the pelican species and one of the largest living flying bird species. It measures 160 to 183 cm (5 ft 3 in to 6 ft 0 in) in length, 7.25–15 kg (16.0–33.1 lb) in weight and 245 to 351 cm (8 ft 0 in to 11 ft 6 in) in wingspan. Its median weight is around 11.5 kg (25 lb), which makes it perhaps the world's heaviest flying bird species, although the largest individuals among male bustards and swansmay be heavier than the largest individua…

  2. Dalmatian Pelican - Facts, Diet, Habitat & Pictures on ...

    Dalmatian pelicans are serially monogamous and form pair bonds by year, not for life. At the start of a new breeding season the courtship rituals begin again. Pairing occurs about a week after pelicans return to the breeding grounds. Dalmatian pelicans will use a range of different social signals during courtship, both visual and vocal.

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    Are Dalmatian pelicans monogamous?
    Mating Habits. Dalmatian pelicans are serially monogamous and form pair bonds by year, not for life. At the start of a new breeding season the courtship rituals begin again. Pairing occurs about a week after pelicans return to the breeding grounds.
    What are facts about Dalmatian pelicans?
    Facts about Dalmatian pelicans Thought to be the world's largest freshwater bird, they live in swamps, lakes and rivers They can grow to almost 6 foot in height! They have a wingspan of over 3.5 metres.
    Is the Dalmatian pelican endangered?
    The Dalmatian Pelican is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a member of the pelican family. It breeds from southeastern Europe to India and China in swamps and shallow lakes.
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    When do Dalmatian pelicans reproduce?
    Chicks reach reproductive maturity when they are 30 months old or during the third year. Dalmatian pelicans were threatened in the past by wetland drainage, as well as being shot and persecuted by fishermen who regard them as competing with them for food.
  4. Dalmatian pelicans: The UK’s biggest bird could be making ...

    17/11/2020 · The Dalmatian Pelican is the largest bird ever to have darkened British skies, and its restoration to the UK is, in my mind, no different from restoring the Mona Lisa to …

  5. All About the Dalmatian Pelican | Blue Planet Aquarium

    The Dalmatian pelican is a freshwater bird which is among the biggest flying bird species on the planet. As heavy as a swan and with a wingspan matching that of the great albatross, this species is truly a sight to behold as it soars through our skies.

  6. Enormous Dalmatian pelicans could return to British skies ...

    19/11/2020 · From bill to tail, Dalmatian pelicans grow up to six feet in length, and have wingspans of up to 11.5 feet (3.5m) – dwarfing the UK’s existing largest bird, the common crane, which has a wingspan...

  7. Dalmatian Pelican - Pictures and facts - Birds ...

    The Dalmatian Pelican is the rarest of the world's seven pelican species and the second biggest bird species on the planet (1,20 m tall, wings spread up to 3,2 m, weighing 6-10 kg). This waterfowl species has light ash-coloured plumage and a characteristic long bill with an expandable pouch beneath.

  8. Help for the Dalmatian Pelicans on Persin Island | Pelican ...

    In 2016, a new nesting colony of Dalmatian pelicans was formed in Bulgaria for the first time in 60 years, on the territory of Persina Nature Park. Until then, the only place where birds were breeding successfully in our country was Srebarna Lake. In 2020, already two nesting colonies exist in the Persina Nature Park. They are located in the Persina marsh Maintained Reserve …

  9. Dalmatian Pelican reintroduction talk gains traction ...

    19/11/2020 · The only modern-day record of Dalmatian Pelican in Britain came in 2016 (Brian Mellow). The most westerly part of Dalmatian Pelican's current range is the Balkans, but bones from the species have been found in peat bogs in England and it's thought they went extinct 2,000 years ago, having previously been common, following the drainage of wetlands.