Dalmatian pelican

Dalmatian pelican

Date of disappearance: Unknown. The most recent remains in Britain date from the Middle Ages.

Reason: Habitat loss. Human disturbance

Special powers: This is a huge beast, with one of the greatest wingspans – up to 3.5 metres - of any bird remaining on earth. While it is not strictly true that its beak holds more than its belly can, it is sometimes able to scoop up fish of half a metre in length.

Suitability for reintroduction: There is enough habitat in Britain to reintroduce pelicans but they are vulnerable to disturbance.

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