Rosy and Dalmatian pelican nestlings can be seen at the Birds and Butterflies pavilion of the Moscow Zoo. About two months of age, the chicks no longer depend on their parents and are already almost the same size as them.
A rosy pelican chick can be distinguished by its blackish down. A Dalmatian pelican nestling’s wings are darker than those of adults and the neck is covered with down.
Adult pelicans without nestlings (the eggs turned out to be empty) have built nests in a new place and laid a second clutch. Then, for 39–40 days, both parents take turns sitting on the eggs. If the second attempt is successful, hatchlings will emerge at the zoo in three weeks’ time.
The Moscow Zoo is home to eight rosy and eight Dalmatian pelicans, which have recently been joined by the two newborn chicks. Adult birds have been breeding since 2013, which resulted in six rosy and two Dalmatian pelican nestlings.