Dalmatian Pelican

Pelecanus crispus

Armenian Name: Գանգրափետուր հավալուսն
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Dalmatian Pelican

See Plate 2 for Dalmatian Pelican and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:160-180 cm, Wing Span:310-345 cm
Distribution Map: Map 11.
Description: Huge bill and throat pouch, gray underwings with pale stripe through center; gray legs.
Adult (Breeding): Dull white overall with grayish tint below. Curly feathers on hindcrown and hindneck. Skin around eye is pale pink to purple. Pouch orange. Primaries and primary coverts are black above.
Adult (Non-breeding): Paler overall with yellowish-white facial skin and yellow pouch.
Juvenile: Pale gray-brown above, off-white below. Flat crown with peak at rear of head.
Similar Species: Great White Pelican.
Behavior: Usually occurs in groups of less than 10. Single birds often migrate in flocks of Great White Pelican.
Habitat: Lake Sevan, Lake Arpi; deep open waters without vegetation and shallow water with little vegetation.
Food: Fish.
Nest: Colonial. Breeding is known only from Lake Arpi; small mounds of branches, twigs, and grass lined with soft vegetation and gull feathers.
Eggs: 95 mm, 2-3, white.