Australian Pelican

About the Australian Pelican
Also known as: Australasian Pelican

The Australian Pelican is a large species of waterbird native to Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, and Indonesia. They only breed in Australia and can be found in other parts of their range in the non-breeding parts of the year.

Australian Pelicans can be recognized by their white body plumage, black wings, and enormously long pink bill. They feed on fish, shrimp, and other aquatic prey items. They forage by plunging into the water while swimming on the surface, often in cooperative hunting groups.

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