- Pelecanus conspicillatus
Length 160-180 cm, (70-71 in.) wingspan 230-260 cm, (90-91 in.) and weight 4-6.8 kg.
Mainly white, with black tail, primaries, secondaries and inner secondary coverts; also a narrow black wingbar on underside of wing. Very large pale, pinkish bill; dark eye with pale yellow or white eye ring.
An extinct subspecies P. c. novaezealandiae has been described from subfossils in New Zealand.
Marine and freshwater environments, lakes and rivers.
They nest communally. The nest is a shallow depression in earth or sand, sometimes with some grass lining. Up to three chalky white eggs are laid.
The diet includes fish.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Scarlett, R. J. (1966). A Pelican in New Zealand. Notornis 13: 204-217.
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Australian Pelican. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 23 June 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Australian_Pelican