Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Pelecanus
  • Species:

    Pelecanus conspicillatus
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Least Concern

  • Found In:

    Australia
  • Width:

    Wing span 2.3-2.6m
  • Weight:

    4-13kg

Meet our pelican colony!

Adelaide Zoo is home to three male and four female Australian Pelicans. Members of the colony began arriving from 1985 with the newest addition arriving as a rescue bird in 2013, after it was found with a severely injured wing, which was amputated as a result so the bird was unable to be released back to the wild. The colonies’ favourite fishy-treats are Whitebait and pilchards.

The best time to visit the zoo’s pelican colony is at 2:30pm during their daily feed.

The Australian Pelican is found in waterways across Australia, both inland and on coastal areas. The species can also be found in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, part of Indonesia and New Zealand.

The Australian Pelican has the largest bill in the avian world with the largest one on record measuring 49cm long!

Adelaide Zoo has been involved with a long-term study of a colony of pelican at Outer Harbour.

Love Australian Pelicans? Join our colony and ensure pelicans stay a flap ahead of extinction! There are many ways you can help support these beautiful birds! 

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