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Pandion haliaetus


The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings.


The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.


As its other common name suggests, the Osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognised. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a sea-eagle.

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Jellis 12 years ago
Pandion haliaetus carolinensis Osprey

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ChristyHolland 12 years ago

Nice spotting! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 12 years ago

nice series, last pic need to be reload,

Lari Pekurar
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Lari Pekurar

San Diego, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 6, 2012
Submitted on Jun 9, 2012

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