Australian Pelican

(Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Christina Port

Best Times/ Seasons

All year round.


The Australian Pelican is found in waterways throughout Australia. They can move around over large distances looking for suitable habitat and an adequate supply of food.


Australian Pelicans use their large bills as a net to capture fish. Their bills are extremely sensitive which allows them to find food in murky water. A flock will work together to herd fish into shallow waters where they can then be easily caught.

Other Information

The Australian Pelican has a wing span of up to 2.5m and can sustain flight for up to 24hrs at altitudes up to 3000m. This is only possible when thermal conditions are suitable.


Last updated : Thu 27 Jun 2019