Spot-billed pelican or grey pelican(Pelecanus philippensis)


This pair was photographed at Tirunelvelli, in Tamil Nadu State of India on the 22nd October 2015.

The spot-billed pelican or grey pelican(Pelecanus philippensis) is a member of the pelican family. It breeds in southern Asia from southern Pakistan  across India  east to Indonesia. It is a bird of large inland and coastal waters, especially large lakes. At a distance they are difficult to differentiate from other pelicans in the region although it is smaller but at close range the spots on the upper mandible, the lack of bright colours and the greyer plumage are distinctive. In some areas these birds nest in large colonies close to human habitations.