Dalmatian pelican

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phylum Chordata The Dalmatian Pelican breeds from southeastern Europe to India and China in swamps and shallow lakes. The nest is a crude heap of vegetation.

The somewhat similar-looking Great White Pelican is typically slightly smaller but the largest male individuals can be essentially the same size as a typical Dalmatian. However, the Dalmatian differs from this other species in that it has curly nape feathers, grey legs and silvery-white (rather than pure white) plumage. In winter, adult pelicans of this species go from silvery-gray to a dingier brownish-gray cream color. For more information, visit the Wikipedia entry.

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clade Diapsida
Class Aves
order Pelecaniformes
family Pelecanidae
genus Pelecanus
species P. crispus