Australian PelicanScientific name: Pelecanus conspicillatus

Meaning of name: Pelecanus is from the Greek word pelecan, meaning pelican. Conspicillatus is a Latin word meaning spectacled.

Aboriginal name: Nerimba (ne’rim’bar).

Distribution: Widespead around coastal and inland waters.

Description: Up to 1.8m long with a 2.5m wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 3,219km (as at 13 June 2012). The oldest bird recorded was still alive when the band was read in March 2011, 26 years 1.4 months after being banded.

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme