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Australian Pelican

Scientific name
Pelecanus conspicillatus

NT Conservation Status

status least concern
Pelican feeding

Distribution map
distribution mal pelican

Body

Length 160-180mm
Weight up to 8kg
Wingspan around 240mm

Factsheet Australian Pelican (940.5 kb)

Wild Encounter
Pelikan Brekky (1.6 mb)

Identification

Large unmistakable black and white bird with large bill and grey legs. Sexes similar with females being slightly smaller than males.

Behaviour

Nomadic, shy and mostly diurnal. Usually feeds, travels and roosts in flocks. Often flies in a V formation and makes use of thermals reaching over 3000m.

Reproduction

Breeds in dense colonies on the ground throughout the year if conditions are ideal. Both parents construct the nest and raise 2-4 chicks, fledging around 12 weeks.

Habit

Birds are found throughout Australia in suitable habitat. Most common around permanent waterways including, creeks, rivers and boat ramp as well as coastal areas.

Threats

Nets, feral dogs, humans, feral pigs, ATV

pelican chicksPelican HatchlingsPelican nest

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