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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CitationBob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1532079. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1532079.
Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1532079. Video of Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus at Penguin Island, Australia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1532079.
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