Australian Pelican

Australian pelican soaring through the air

Its pouched bill, large size (1.6 to 1.8 m) and distinct black and white plumage makes the Australian Pelican unmistakable with any other bird when perched or feeding on the water. When soaring at great heights it can be mistaken for the White-bellied Sea-Eagle, although its long bill is normally visible when more closely scrutinised. The Australian Pelican feeds on a variety of aquatic prey, mainly fish, and congregate in large numbers around areas where anglers clean their catch, but will also also eat ducks and their young. It can be found in suitable watered habitats throughout Australia.

Scientific name: Pelecanus conspicillatus