The Dalmatian Pelican has conspicuous curly nape feathers. During the breeding season, its bill-pouch is reddish. This pelican species breeds on inland lakes and coastal lagoons of Southeast Europe and Western Asia. Its wingspan of approximately 3 m makes it a very impressive bird.
The Dalmatian Pelican is the most massive member of the pelican family, and perhaps the world's largest freshwater bird.
The Dalmatian pelican is often silent, as most pelicans tend to be, although it can be fairly vocal during the mating season, when it may engage in a wide range of guttural, deep vocalisations, including barks, hisses and grunts.
Their nests are crude heaps of vegetation, which are placed on islands or on dense mats of vegetation.
The species' numbers underwent a dramatic decline during the 20th century, partly due to land use, disturbance and poaching activities.
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