Pelican Pictures

This page is dedicated to pelican pictures. Australian pelicans are found at most of Australia's coastal and other watery regions. You'll find them to be particularly easy to see at river mouths or other places where the fishing is good.

Around the coastal areas of Moreton Bay they are easy to find, and there is even a special park at Redcliffe called Pelican Park, that is dedicated to these beautiful birds.

Australian pelicans are also found in places near Australia, such as New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia, and even, on occasion in New Zealand. 

Everybody loves pelicans, even before Disney made them cute in movies such as Finding Nemo.

Their plump bodies, outsize beak, with the pouch below, makes them appear friendly, like the plump old aunt or uncle who always gave you presents when you were young. 

© Ed Dunens | Flickr - Australian Pelicans

Australian Pelicans are mid-range in the pelican family, not so big and not so small, just right.

They can grow as long as 5 to 6 feet or 160 to 180 cm, with a wingspan of 7.5 to 8.5 ft or 2.3 to 2.6 metres.

They can weigh as much as 13 kg but are generally around 5 to 8 kg or 10 to 17 lb, about the size of a family Christmas dinner turkey.

© Mike Locke | Flickr - Pelican in Flight

Pelicans, as we can all see, have the longest, biggest beaks of any bird. The Australian Pelican's beak is the biggest of the big. Their beak or bill, and the pouch below it, are for catching and keeping food. This is generally fish but they will eat other small watery invertebrates.

Pelican Pictures, waiting to be fed at The Entrance, NSW
Pelican Pictures, pelicans in New South Wales

The pouch, by the way, isn't for keeping food in for long periods of time. It's more of an aid to catching fish, like we use a net, and then manipulating the fish into an easily swallowed direction, that is head first. 

Pelican Pictures, pelican in flight

© Bert Knottenbeld  | Flickr - Pelicans on the Rocks

Pelicans may look avuncular but as parents and siblings, apparently, they are not. The first chick to hatch is said to get all the food and either the parents starve the later hatchlings to death or the bigger chick kills their later siblings, not what you'd call happy families.

Pelicans aren't on any endangered list in Australia but a number of places throughout the country feed them, officially, at designated times.

Not as exciting as feeding the lions, perhaps, but an interesting event for visitors, if you're in the neighborhood. The Entrance in New South Wales, is one town that does.

© Tan Cheng Joo  | Flickr - Australian Pelican

Australian pelicans are only one of seven species of pelican found throughout the warmer parts of the world. You'll find more pelican pictures on our Sunshine Coast and on the Queensland Wildlife pages.

Others can be found in North and South America, Africa, and much of Asia. Florida and the Gulf of Mexico is home to pelicans too.

Also to learn more about the many quite unique Australian animals, you may like to visit another two of our pages, on Brisbane Wildlife and Brisbane birds.

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