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Uploaded: February 9, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: February 14, 2008
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I know everyone knows what a pelican is. You know that big bird that has a huge pouch that hangs down to its knees. Well what most people don’t know is that there are seven different types of pelicans, but they all share basically the same qualities. They all have the same elongated bill with that massive throat pouch, and the size of this birds bill is almost 20 inches long and is larger in males than females. This tutorial is going to show you how to draw the Australian pelican with easy step by step instructions. Now let’s get back to talking about this bird. Like all pelicans the Australian is white in color and weights around 15 pounds sometimes less depending on their diet and food supply. Their wings are incredibly long reaching almost 100 inches or 8 ½ feet. The skeleton on this bird is extremely light to help them maintain flight due to their large size. The Australian pelican can be found throughout Australia around freshwater, around the wetlands, and waterways such as lakes, swamps, rivers, and coastal islands. All pelicans eat mainly fish, but on occasion they eat crustaceans, frogs, and even turtles. Most pelicans are known to eat food from humans which would explain why strange and unusual things are found in their diets. When pelicans mate, the males use a form of courtship by opening their bills back and fourth until the female chooses her mate. She will then mate with her top pick, after fertilization she starts to make her nesting pad by digging a hole with her bill and feet lining it with dirt, plants, and feathers. When the time comes she will lay anywhere from 1-3 eggs at one lying. Now, the interesting part about the Australian pelican, both parents will sit and incubate the eggs with their feet. The eggs then will hatch a little over a month, each chick is born with a different color, this helps the parents identify their young. As of right now these birds are in no danger from being extinct, but like all animals they are always faced with the possibility of expiring due to predators or habitat destruction. I hope you enjoyed this online introduction on the Australian Pelican, learning how to sketch and draw this bird is fun and you can let your imagination run wild.

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