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Photo by JWN Andrewes
Lake Naivasha, Kenya, November 2004
Pelecanus rufescens


125–132 cm (49¼-52 in)

  • Grey and white plumage
  • Pink back
  • Yellow bill with a grey pouch.


Photo by d.flack
Gambia, November 2016

Africa, southern Arabia and Madagascar:
Northern Africa: Egypt,
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Zaire
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini
African Islands: Madagascar
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Free-flying birds of escape origin are found in France


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo by d.flack
Bund Road, Banjul, The Gambia, March 2018

Swamps and shallow lakes.



The nest is a mound of sticks. The 2-3 large white eggs are incubated for 30 days. The chicks eat regurgitated and partially digested fish from the parent's pouch.


Their diet includes fish and amphibians.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. youpet.com

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