Dalmatian Pelican | Prespa Lakes
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
The Dalmatian pelican is the largest freshwater bird in the world.
Today, only up to 10,000–20,000 pelicans exist at the species level. Although there were once millions of Dalmatian pelicans, even only in Romania, during the 20th century the species' numbers underwent a dramatic decline for reasons that are not entirely understood, most likely by habitat loss due to human activities such as the drainage of wetlands and land development.