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Pelican (Australian) Pelecanus conspicillatus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Genus: Pelecanus
Species: P. conspicillatus
Binomial name: Pelecanus conspicillatus
Common name: Australian pelican

Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian pelican) is a large waterbird with a wingspan of 2.3 to 2.6 m. and can weigh from 4 to 13 kg. It is a predominantly white bird with black wings and an extremely large pink bill with a large pouch. It has been recorded as having the longest bill of any living bird. It mainly eats fish, but will also consume birds and scavenges for scraps.
It is widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as an occasional vagrant in New Zealand.

Below are some reported sightings in New Zealand.
2014 4 Clifton Peninsular, Whitford 
2013 8 Marokopa 
2013 1 Meremere, Waikato rive (shot)
2013 6 Mangonui Harbour 
2013 4 Whanganui river
2013 18 Tapora, Kaipara Harbour 
2013 4 Patea river
2013 4 Wairoa River
2013 8 Paua, Parengarenga Harbour
2012 4 Kaipara Harbour



 


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