The great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is a bird which measures 170cm with a wingspan of 3m. It is a pinkish-white colour, with a long bill with an extendible yellow pouch.

Where to find them?

You can find them in the central lake of the aquarium.

Where do they live?

They are mainly distributed in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. African populations remain there throughout the year, while European and Asian populations migrate in winter to more southern latitudes in winter, seeking warmth.

General aspects of great white pelicans

They spend most of the time resting, preening or bathing, as little time is spent feeding each day (approximately 1 hour).
These animals bathe by plunging their head and body into the water while flapping. To cool down, they extend their wings.

Did you know...?

Did you know that the lower part of the bill is a soft membrane used to trap fish like a bag?