Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus)

Order: Pelecaniformes | Family: Pelecanidae  | IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Age: Adult Breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Age: Adult Non-breeding | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Age: Sub-adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Age: Adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~154 cm (60.6 in). Adult Peruvian Pelicans are silvery gray with pale-yellow to white head and necks. In breeding plumage, the back and sides of the neck turn a rich, dark reddish-brown. The bill is yellowish with red lower mandible that fades to yellow toward the base of the bill. Juveniles are brown above and pale below with gray bill. The similar Brown Pelican has very similar plumage stages, but are smaller, nearly half the size of a Peruvian Pelican.

Status: The Peruvian Pelican is associated with the Humboldt Current where it is common in coastal waters. Ranges north to Piura, but disperses northward to Ecuador.

Name in Spanish: Pelícano Peruano.

Sub-species: Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus) Molina, 1782.

Meaning of Name: Pelecanus: Gr. pelekan, pelekanos = pelican. thagus: no information..

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Distribution Map
peruvian pelicanVoice:
Generally Silent.


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.