The Pink-backed Pelican rarely
shows its pink back (can just be seen above); with wings closed it
shows a white or
grey-brown speckled back (the Roseate Great White shows a pink back).
A small pelican, it often has an untidy hairstyle and black eye make-up. Its legs and feet are pink. It comes from sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia. It is often the victim of fish hooks, oil spills, pesticides.
|Pink-backed Pelicans nesting -- the female housekeeping on the nest (above left) and the male sitting beside the nest (above right with black eyeliner).|
|Pink-backed Pelicans in foreground and Great White in background|
|Pink-backed Pelicans are small and have pink legs, a striped lower bill and black eye-liner.|
|Pelecanus onocrotalus||Pelecanus onocrotalus||Pelecanus crispus||Pelecanus rufescens||Pelecanus philippensis|
|Danube/Med/North Africa/India||Danube/Med/North Africa/India||Balkans/Caspian/China||Africa (sub-Saharan)/Arabia||South/Southeast Asia|
|Australian||American White||Brown/Eastern Brown/Californian||Peruvian|
|Pelecanus conspicillatus||Pelecanus erythrorhynchos||Pelecanus occidentalis||Pelecanus thagus|
|Australia||Americas -- fresh water||Americas (mid US to Peru/Carib) -- marine||South America|