Pelecanus philippensis, Gm.
1004. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 858; Butler, Guzerat, Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 33 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 442; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 330.
THE GREY PELICAN.
Length, 62 ; expanse, 96; wing, 24; tail, 18; tarsus, 3; bill at front, 12 to 14.
Bill pale bluish, tinged with carneous, yellow at tip; naked face and gular pouch pale livid fleshy, the latter varied with reddish lines, and faintly tinged with yellow; irides pale brown; legs fleshy.
Head and neck greyish-white, the feathers rather scant and somewhat fur-like; a short occipital crest of slightly recurved feathers brownish, tipped with greyish-white; upper plumage greyish-white, the feathers of the back, rump, and upper tail-coverts being dingy whitish, tinged with grey; scapulars grey with black shafts, and the feathers white at the base ; lesser and median-coverts greyish-white; greater coverts grey, with black shafts ; primaries dusky-grey with black shafts, white at the base with white shafts ; secondaries and tertiaries much the same ; the tail grey, the feathers also black shafted, and the basal half or two-thirds of the inner webs white, as well as the base of the shaft; lower plumage greyish-white, the feathers lanceolate, pure white, in the centre and tip, with grey margins and brownish at the base ; under tail-coverts greyish-white, slightly mottled with brownish ; under wing-coverts whitish.
With the exception of the Deccan, where it is somewhat rare, the Grey Pelican is a common seasonal visitant throughout the region.