St James's Park pelicans

Three young pelican's have taken their first swim in public, in St James's Park.

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Name that pelican!

One of the pelicans has already been named Tiffany, but the public is being invited to name the other new female.

Options include:

  • Bela – a Czech name derived from the Slavic word for ‘white’
  • Bety – suggested by Prague Zoo, a Czech version of Elizabeth
  • Karola – a Czech name derived from Charles, the King who was gifted the first pelicans
  • Isla – the name of the daughter of Malcolm, the wildlife officer who has cared for the pelicans in the park for over 35 years.
  • Pearl – a classic ‘London’ name, and also a precious stone with royal connections
  • Queenie – also a classic London name, it’s also a nod to the pellies’ neighbour at the Palace

You can vote for your favourite - and see which name is in the lead - on the Royal Parks Foundation website.

Pelicans continue 350 year tradition

Pelicans have been living in St James's Park for nearly 350 years. They were first introduced in 1664, as a gift to King Charles II from the Russian Ambassador.

The existing pelicans are gregarious creatures and can often be seen climbing out of the lake to sit on benches alongside visitors.

One rather mischievous bird used to fly over to London Zoo in Regent's Park to steal their fish for his lunch.

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Pelicans settle in at St James's Park

Three young pelicans have taken their first swim in public in St James's Park.

The trio of great white pelicans have officially moved to the lake near Buckingham Palace.

A gift from the city of Prague, they traveled 800 miles to their new London home and spent two months in a special enclosure as they acclimatised to their new surroundings.

The birds join another three pelicans (which are all over 20 years old) already living on the lake.

The pelicans take to the water. Credit: ITN
The birds have been donated to the park by the city of Prague. Credit: ITN
They have spent two months in a special enclosure as they acclimatised to their new surroundings. Credit: ITN
The lake in St James's Park is close to Buckingham Palace. Credit: ITN
The three birds have traveled 800 miles to their new home. Credit: ITN
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