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Pelicans are the largest water bird in Australia. The stretchy pouch inside their bill is used to hold food until the pelican has positioned it right to swallow. When extended, a pelican’s bill can hold up to 13 litres. The Australian Pelican mainly feeds on fish, crustaceans and occasionally small turtles. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has three resident pelicans that were previously injured and now call the sanctuary home; along with several other wild pelicans that come in for a free feed each day in our Pelican and Eel show.
Pelicans can be found on all continents except Antarctica.
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Inland and coastal waters of Australia
6–8 years in the wild, 11–15 years in captivity
Approx 15 days
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