What do they look like? Pelicans are the largest water bird found in Australia. They have a large dumpy white body with black and white wings. They feed with a large blue and yellow beak with a stretchy pink pouch. This beak is the largest of any bird species.
Where do they live? Pelicans are found throughout Australia in fresh and saltwater lakes, rivers, lagoons and swamps.
What do they eat? The Australian Pelican feeds on a variety of small and large fish, crustaceans and occasionally small turtles. They are often seen around boat ramps waiting for scraps of fresh fish to be disposed of.
Behaviour: Pelicans generally congregate in small flocks although at times, especially during the breeding season, they may form in groups of several thousand. When flying in groups they fly in a V formation or in a line.
Reproduction: Females usually lay 2 eggs during the breeding season in a well-constructed nest of plants and sticks. Both parents share the task of feeding chicks. Once the chicks can walk they are left in communal crèches while the parents search for food.
Threats: Fishing equipment and boat injuries cause many deaths each year.
Conservation Status: Common and widespread