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Australian Pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus


The Australian Pelican is Australia's largest flying bird with wingspan up to 3.5m and also has the world's largest bill which is up to 47cm. The bill is an expandable pouch used to catch and hold fish. The lower pouch turns a scarlet colour with a blue stripe and the throat yellow during courtship. They forage both day and night for fish and crustaceans .


Australian Pelicans live in both fresh and salt water lakes, rivers, swamps and dams.


This pelican was spotted at the Boondall wetlands outside of Brisbane. A mosquito spraying helicopter startled him and he took flight along the water giving me this lovely shot.

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Shari_Wildlife 10 years ago

Thankyou, I just love photographing wildlife and this site is so great to share and discover species from around the world!

lori.tas 10 years ago

No problem. You've made a great start with some very good photos. Welcome to NOAH.

Shari_Wildlife 10 years ago

Thanks, yeah i'm only just new to this i didn't realise it added them all together =| i will fix it up! The third bird is a brolga =)

lori.tas 10 years ago

Hi Shari, can you edit this spotting to remove the duplicate pelican photo and to move the brolga to its own spotting? The "edit this spotting" link is just above your photo.

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

What is the third bird please.

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4034, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Nov 11, 2010
Submitted on Jun 20, 2011


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