Population information

Order name Pelicaniformes
Family name Pelecanidae
Scientific name Pelecanus conspicillatus Common name Australian Pelican
Population name Australia
Breeding range Australia Non-breeding range Australia & New Guinea; irruptive dispersal to Indonesia & W Pacific islands
Red List Category Least Concern
Ramsar regions Oceania

Conservation Framework

Conservation framework Notes
No conservation frameworks

Population size

Publication Start year End year Minimum Maximum Estimate quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 2003 2003 100,000 1,000,000 [R341]
WPE 1 0 0 100,000 1,000,000 [R555]
WPE 2 0 0 100,000 1,000,000 [R555]
WPE 3 0 0 100,000 1,000,000 [R555]
WPE 5 2003 2009 70,000 300,000 Expert opinion [S6517] [R341] [R1112] [R1149] [R1150]

Population trends

Publication Start year End year Trend Trend quality Notes References Actions
WPE 4 1990 2000 FLU [R341]
WPE 1 0 0 Unknown
WPE 2 0 0 Unknown
WPE 3 0 0 Unknown
WPE 5 1982 2011 FLU Poor [R1101]

Population 1% level

Publication Yearset 1 percent Note
WPE 4 2006 10000
WPE 1 0 -1
WPE 2 0 -1
WPE 3 2002 10000
WPE 5 2012 1400


  • R341 - Jaensch, Roger, August 2005. Detailed data and notes on numbers and distribution of waterbirds in Australia, updated from Jaensch, 2003, and derived from more than 90 Australian sources including Wetlands International, Birds Australia and Jaensch, 2003,
  • R555 - Rose, P.M. and Scott, D.A. 1994. Waterfowl Population Estimates. IWRB Publication 29. Slimbridge, UK.
  • R1112 - Kingsford, R.T., Porter, J.L. and Halse, S.A. 2012. National waterbird assessment. Waterlines report, National Water Commission, Canberra. Available online at http://nwc.gov.au/publications/waterlines/74
  • R1149 - Reid, J.R.W., Kingsford, R.T. and Jaensch, R.P. 2009. Waterbird Surveys in the Channel Country Floodplain Wetlands, Autumn 2009. Report by Australian National University, Canberra, University of New South Wales, Sydney, and Wetlands International, Oceania, Brisbane, for the Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. 81 pp. Also available online at http://www.lebmf.gov.au/publications/pubs/waterbirds-report.pdf
  • R1150 - Reid, J. and Jaensch, R. 2004. Aerial waterbird survey results. Section 4.7, pp 472-493 in, Costelloe, J.F., Hudson, P.J., Pritchard, J.C., Puckridge, J.T. and Reid, J.R.W. AridFlo Scientific Report: Environmental Flow Requirements of Arid Zone Rivers with Particular Reference to the Lake Eyre Drainage Basin. School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide. Final Report to DLW and BC and DEH. Also available online at http://www.lebmf.gov.au/publications/aridflo.html
  • R1101 - Jaensch, R. April 2012. Detailed data and notes on numbers and trends of waterbirds in Australia and other parts of the Oceania region, in a spreadsheet prepared for Wetlands International - Oceania for the 5th edition of WPE.


  • S6517 - New estimate based on an assessment prepared for Wetlands International (2006)(300,000 birds) and an end-of-drought estimate (70,000 birds) from a national census of waterbirds, supported by data from breeding colony survey that indicate more than 100,000 birds during 2000-2009.

Copyright Wetlands International 2012

Citation: Wetlands International (). "Waterbird Population Estimates" . Retrieved from wpe.wetlands.org on