An Australian Pelican creche with attendant adults - one feeding its chick

An Australian Pelican creche with attendant adults - one feeding its chick
Species: Australian Pelican   Pelecanus conspicillatus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Monday, November 19, 2018
Added to IBC: 20 Nov 2018 - 02:50
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Altitude (m): 
11 meters


The Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) occurs widely on inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea. It is the only pelican found in Australia, and is medium-sized for a pelican, weighing between 4-13 kilograms (8.8 to 28 pounds) with a wingspan up to 2.6 metres (8.5 feet).  There are two Australian Pelican rookeries on Penguin Island, a wildlife sanctuary in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park 50 km south of Perth, Western Australia.  Young Pelicans of different ages were gathered in a creche on a hill on the southern end of Penguin Island.  There were several adult birds on the edge of the creche – one regurgitating food for its chick who had its head inside its parent’s bill.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1532079. Accessible at

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1532079. Video of Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus at Penguin Island, Australia. Accessible at

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