Eastern White Pelican
They are the second largest species of pelican in the world and we are currently home to a small group, made up of a mixture of males and females
In The Wild:
They are found from southeastern Europe through to Asia and African swamps and are the second largest of the pelican species. Their wingspan can reach between 226 to 360cm. Their bills reach between 28 and 47cm in length and adult males typically weigh from 9 - 15 kg.
Adult eastern white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) have pure white plumage with pinkish legs. Juveniles are grey in colour and have dark flight feathers. They have short strong legs with webbed feet to help propel them in the water and aid in take-off.
They are usually found in groups in and around shallow warm fresh water. Their diet consists mainly of fish and they prefer to feed in the early morning.
Breeding season takes place in April and May where breeding takes place in colonies. The females lay between one and four eggs in a clutch. Incubation lasts between 29 - 36 days and the chicks are naked when they hatch. They produce black or brown down feathers. Chicks fledge the nest approximately 65-75 days after hatching. Chicks are often vulnerable to eagles, jackals and lions whereas adults have very few predators. However those living in Africa can fall victim to crocodiles.