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Spot-Billed Pelican


Spot-Billed Pelican
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Exposure: f/2.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-11 0:25
Viewed: 1987
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Spot-Billed Pelican (Notes from bird forum)

Identification
125-150 cm. White, grey crest, hindneck and tail, bluish lores, mostly pinkish upper mandible, and pale flight feathers from below. In breeding plumage, there is a pink tone to the rump and underwings. Non-breeders are off-white in these areas, and immature birds are brown. Grey spots on the pink bill in the breeding season.

Distribution
Southern Asia from southern Pakistan, India to Indonesia.

Habitat
Deep and shallow wetlands, both man-made and natural, freshwater and saline, open and forested.

Behaviour
It breeds colonially in tall trees or palms; the nest is a heap of vegetation. 3-4 eggs are laid.
It feeds in open water, and the diet includes fish.


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