The Dalmatian Pelican in Britain

Published on 05 July 2019 in Main articles

By Christopher McInerney on behalf of BOURC

Abstract A Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus arrived in Cornwall in May 2016 and remained in southwest England until November that year. This individual had been seen in Poland, Germany and France in April and May 2016, which fuelled the debate over its origins among British birders. BOURC decided that, on balance, this bird was most likely of wild origin; they accepted the record and the species to Category A of the British List. The background and explanation for that decision are summarised here.

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Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus, Cornwall, May 2016. Michael McKee