Pelecanus onocrotalus is a patchily distributed summer visitor to south-east Europe, which accounts for less than a quarter of its global breeding range. Its European breeding population is small (as few as 4,100 pairs), but underwent a large increase between 1970–1990. The stronghold population in Romania was stable during 1990– 2000, and although there were slight declines in Turkey, the species was stable overall. Nevertheless, its population size renders it susceptible to the risks affecting small populations, and consequently it is evaluated as Rare
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