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Abnormal plumage colouration in Spot-billed Pelicans Pelecanus philippensis at Pulicat Lake, Andhra Pradesh, India


1 Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, SB Singh Road, Dr. Salim Ali Chowk, Mumbai 400 023, Maharashtra, India
2Sathyamangalam Tiger Conservation Foundation Tamil Nadu Trust, Mullaiagam, Roja Nagar, Veerappan Chatram (PO), Erode – 638 004, Tamil Nadu, India (


KANNAN, V. 2021. Abnormal plumage colouration in Spot-billed Pelicans Pelecanus philippensis at Pulicat Lake, Andhra Pradesh, India. Marine Ornithology 49: 211 - 214

Received 30 July 2020, accepted 12 February 2021

Date Published: 2021/10/15
Date Online: 2021/09/01
Key words: plumage, colour variation, Pelecanus philippensis, Pulicat Lake, Andhra Pradesh, India


Plumage colour variation is rarely observed in the Pelecaniformes and had not been previously recorded for the Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis. Observed at Pulicat Lake, Andhra Pradesh, India, I describe strikingly coloured Spot-billed Pelicans having dark brown plumage, pink coloration on the bill, and black feet, but having normal eye colour.


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