pink pelican

Pelecanus rufescens

Common name

pink pelican

Habitat

They live in a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems, but prefer places with calm waters and lagoons with surface water vegetation, such as freshwater lakes, swamps, large rivers with slow currents or seasonal ponds. They are also found in alkaline and saline lakes, and sometimes in coastal areas such as bays or estuaries, they generally avoid lakes with steep banks.
Features

Family

Pelecanidae

Medals

Pelecaniformes

Class

Birds

Gestation

30 days.

Number of offspring

2 – 4

Preproduction

ESB

Diet

They feed on fish that they frequently catch in groups, preferring cichlid fish, especially Haplochromis and Tilapia.

Life

10-20 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity.

Biology and behavior

It is smaller and stockier than the common pelican, its plumage is light with a pinkish-gray hue. The primary and secondary feathers are chestnut gray. It measures 125-132 cm, with a wingspan of 215 to 290 cm and weight is 4 to 7 Kg.

The beak, legs and feet are pink. Adults have a tuft of longer feathers on their heads.

They carry out migratory movements depending on the rains and the abundance of food.

They form small breeding colonies of 20 to 500 pairs, which do not necessarily settle near water, and place their nests of branches on vegetation, which can be trees, bushes and mangroves. Often these colonies are made in the company of other large birds. They lay two to four slightly bluish white eggs.

Active during the day at first and last hour of the day, although they usually fish on full moon nights.

Some
curiosities

The trees where they nest frequently die after several clutches, which forces the colonies to move, although not very far.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island