Dalmatian pelican

largest living species of pelican

The Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) is a large bird. It lives in wet places such as in swamps and shallow lakes. It can be found from southeastern Europe to Pakistan and China.

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Pelecanus crispus

It is the largest member of the pelican family. The average length is 170–190 cm (67-75 inches) The average weight is 11–15 kg (24-33 lbs). The wings are around 3 m (10 ft) across. It is the world's heaviest flying bird on average. However, sometimes a few birds from another species may also be as large or larger.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. del Hoyo et al 1992. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Ostrich to Ducks. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334108
  2. John B. Dunning Jr. (ed) 1992. CRC handbook of avian body masses. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0849342585.