Pelican lays eggs at Birdland for first time!

A pair of pink backed pelicans have started laying eggs for the first time at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-water.

Pelican at Birdland on first egg

Pelican at Birdland on first egg

 

So far the birds have laid two eggs and keepers are confident a third is on its way.

It’s believed to be the first time ever that pelicans have produced eggs at the Birdland attraction in the Cotswolds and staff are cautiously optimistic that the eggs are fertile and will eventually hatch out.

They have carefully placed the real eggs in an incubator and replaced them in the nest with dummy eggs due to concerns the parents could accidentally break them.

Pelican Egg on way to incubator at Birdland

Pelican Egg on way to incubator

Alistair Keen, Head Keeper said: “We took the decision to remove the eggs after the male was spotted standing on one of them and we did not want to take the risk of losing them.

“This is a new pair of birds which only arrived at Birdland earlier this year and, as far as we know, they have not bred before.

“They have been displaying and nest building ever since they were introduced to the enclosure towards the end of March, so we were keeping a close eye on them and came in on Saturday morning to find the egg.

“A second arrived soon after and it now looks likely a third is on its way,” he added.

Pelican eggs usually take around a month to hatch but keepers should be able to see if they are fertile within 10 days.

Pink-backed pelicans are found in Africa, southern Arabia and India. They get their name from the fact that some individuals have a pinkish colouring to the feathers on their backs.

Pink Backed Pelican at Cotswolds Birdland

Pink Backed Pelican at Birdland

The birds have a wingspan of close to two-metres and their beaks can be nearly 40 centimetres long.

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