Pelecanus onocrotalus

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Rare and Endangered Animals of Armenia


A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae. Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds, they make up the order Pelecaniformes. Like other birds in that group, pelicans have all four toes webbed (they are totipalmate).

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Animal in Armenia

Վարդագույն հավալուսն ("Vardaguyn havalusn")


Rare species. Included in the Red Book of the former USSR.

Habitat in Armenia

Usually met in Armenia during the flights.

Number in the wild

Between 1 – 2.5 thousand species.

Reasons for decrease in number

Intensive economic activities of the population. Poaching.

Number in captivity

Was always a rare bird in Armenia.

Measures of protection taken

Hunting is forbidden all over the country and former Soviet Union.

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