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The Indian pelicans are grouped in the family Pelecanidae under the order Pelecaniformes.

All the pelican species are classified under a single genus, the Pelecanus. There are eight extant and about ten fossil species of Pelecanus. Three of the extant species of Pelecanus species occur in India.

The pelicans have typical characteristics like long, large bill, large throat pouch and webbed feet. They are generally gregarious, moving and hunting in flocks. Their principal diet is fish.

Alphabetical list of Indian pelicans

  • Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)
  • Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
  • Spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)

Images of Indian pelican species with brief account
Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)
1.Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus)
1.The Pelecanus crispus breeds in central Asia and winters in southeast Europe, Middle East, northwest Africa (Egypt), Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent and southeast China. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists it as of Least Concern(LC). This species in monotypic.
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Pelecanus onocrotalus
2.Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
2.The Pelecanus onocrotalus is distributed in the Indian subcontinent, Africa, West Asia, Middle East and southeast Asia. There is patchy distribution. The IUCN lists this species as of "Least Concern" (LC). These are monotypic species.
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Pelecanus philippensis
3.Spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)
3.The species Pelecanus philippensis, is distributed in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and southeast India. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists this species as "Near Threatened" (NT). It is monotypic species.
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Author: Shizhao | License CC BY-SA 3.0. as on 12/7/18
2.Image source: (cropped)
Author: Andrew massyn | License: CC BY-SA 3.0 as on 12/7/18
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Author: Avinash Mishra | License: CC BY-SA 4.0 as on 12/7/18

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