Australian Pelican

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Australian pelican
Pelican lakes entrance02.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Genus: Pelecanus
Species: P. conspicillatus
Binomial name
Pelecanus conspicillatus
Temminck, 1824




Breeding sites

The Section Bank colony, February 2013

The Section Bank (also known as Bird Island), north of the Outer Harbor breakwater, now has the second largest pelican breeding colony in South Australia, with 1,200 nests in 2016.[2]

Created by the dumping of dredge spoil since the 1970s, the low-lying artificial island is subject to storm surges, which together with fox predation, caused breeding failures in 2007-8.[3] [4][5] After implementation of a fox-baiting program, pelican numbers soon recovered, to more than 1200 pairs in 2010.[6]

Locality lists

Torrens Island

See also


  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Pelecanus conspicillatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. Man-made island results in booming crèche for pelicans at Port Adelaide ABC News, 29 January 2016, Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  3. Worst breeding season threatens pelican's future. The Australian, 28 January 2008.
  4. Pelican D-Day Portside Messenger, 6 February 2008.
  5. Outer Harbor pelicans outfoxed. Portside Messenger, 2 July 2008.
  6. Pelicans raise the alarm on water issues UniSANews, July 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2016.

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