The Pink-Backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens) is a large freshwater wetlands bird, but smaller than other pelican species.
The Pink-Backed Pelican is mainly grey and white, with pinkish-brown back and wing feathers. Its beak is yellow on the top, with a greyish pouch. It has dark eyes with white eye-rings.
It measures 125-155 centimetres (49-61 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 215-290 centimetres (85-114 inches). Its beak is 30-38 centimetres (12-15 inches) long.
The Pink-Backed Pelican is native to Africa, southern Arabia, and southern India. It prefers wetlands, such as shallow lakes, swamps, pools, estuaries, and lagoons.
It eats fish, frogs, and aquatic animals. It scoops up water in its large pouch and swallows the animals it captures.
It nests in trees. Colonies of birds will nest together in a group of trees. The nests are made of sticks. Females lay 2-3 white eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM