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Spot-billed Pelican

Posted by sylvester alphonso on April 27, 2022 at 5:36 pm
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A relatively smaller white bird compared to great white, it has a grey neck and tail. The crest is blackish. During breeding the under coverts become orange, a yellow patch appears on the breast and grey spots on the pink bill becomes prominent.
Sexes alike, whitish plumage sullied with grey brown pink on lower back, rump and flanks, white tipped brown crest on back of head, black primaries and dark brown secondaries distinctive in flight, gular pouch has a bluish purple wash. At closer range the blue spots on the upper mandible and on gular pouch confirm identity of species. Purely aquatic, seen single or in large gatherings.