Pelican predation on nestlings

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Subject: Pelican predation on nestlings
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 12:52:53 +1000

On 07/05/2009, at 11:10 , Chris Baxter wrote:

Lake Eyre North in year 2000, studying an 18,000 pair Banded Stilt breeding event, an Australian Pelican would walk into the edge of the colony each day and help itself to newly hatched chicks. It would devour a number of the fluffy white young by snatching them up in its beak and then gobbling them

There are at least a couple of You Tube videos of Pelicans eating Pigeons so it's not terribly surprising to learn they have learnt to predate on hatchlings. If you search 'pelican eats pigeon' on you tube it gets a few videos but mostly of the same one - warning this might upset some people - (this one is in St James park London) and there's this one in Ukraine:


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