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  Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)





Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
Australian Pelican squabbling with cormorants (Little Pied Cormorant and Little Black Cormorant)

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Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
close up of head

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Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
preening

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Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
Australian Pelicans on the beach at Bribie Island

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Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
Feeding time for the Pelicans at Currumbin Sanctuary. This one is catching a fish thrown to it.

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Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
Pelican at Tipplers camp site, South Stradbroke Island.

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Australian Pelican | Pelecanus conspicillatus photo
Australian Pelican

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AUSTRALIAN PELICAN FACTS

Description
The Australian Pelican is an the only pelican in Australia and is an unmistakable large black and white bird. The Pelican's bill is 40 cm - 50 cm long and is larger in males than females.

Size
Size 1.7m including bill. Wingspan 2.3 m - 2.5 m.

Habitat
wetlands, lakes, swamps, rivers, coastal islands and shores.

Food
fish

Breeding
The nest is a scrape in the ground lined with vegetation or feathers. Lays 1-3 eggs.

Range
throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia

distribution map showing range of Pelecanus conspicillatus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Pelecanidae
Genus:Pelecanus
Species:conspicillatus
Common Name:Australian Pelican