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The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus)

Picture of the Dalmatian pelican - Pelecanus crispus in the lake


The population was previously estimated to number 4,350-4,800 individuals in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Despite several previous conservation measures, the population in Romania dropped by 40% to present 180-250 breeding pairs. Former declines were primarily caused by wetland drainage, shooting, and persecution by fishers (Mix and Bräunlich 2000). Cases of illegal shooting are still reported (e.g. four shootings in 2009 in the Danube Delta). Collisions and electrocution are important mortality factors (Crivelli et al. 1988).

Dalmatian Pelicans are one of the largest freshwater birds. Find out more about this spectacular species in this video made by Avi Birds:

*Dalmatian Pelican is globally listed as „Near threatened“. 

For more information about Dalmatian Pelican read here.


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LIFE Programme

The LIFE DANUBE FREE SKY project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union. More info.

Natura 2000

The LIFE DANUBE FREE SKY project is part of nature conservation and biodiversity projects in Natura 2000. More info.

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

The LIFE Danube Free Sky project is co-financed by the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic.

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