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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Pelecanidae
Genus:Pelecanus
Genus species:Pelecanus conspicillatus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:160-180 cm
Weight:4-7.7 kg
Identification:The Australian pelican has a black rump, shoulders, and center of upper wing. All other feathers are white. They also have a pink bill.
Habitat:Open fresh and salt water
Diet:Carnivore: fish
Reproduction:The time of the breeding season depends on a population's location. Pairs lay 2-3 eggs, but are often unsuccessful in rearing their chicks.
Australian pelicans swim in large flocks, often with several hundred birds.
Behavior:Seasonal factors influence the Australian pelican's migratory behavior. A drought, for example, may promote a mass movement.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Australian pelicans will occasionally eat other birds such as silver gulls or grey teals or even small dogs.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1958-1988 Subjects:gull-like bird
Australian pelican
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata