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(Pandion haliaetus)

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Osprey Information

 21 - 24"

  Near lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. Prefers habitat with tall trees or snags for nesting.

 Almost exclusively fish, including flounder, bullhead, and perch; occasionally, frogs, snakes, birds, and small mammals.
Identification tips for the Osprey
Calls of the Osprey

Interesting Facts about the Osprey

• The Osprey is widely distributed throughout the word and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

• These birds will nest in loose colonies if the habitat has sufficient food to support this larger group.

• Since the Osprey feeds almost entirely on live fish, it is also known as the Fish Hawk.

• Once it locates its prey, it dives feet first into the water, often becoming completely submerged before rising out of the water with its catch. This raptor is able to close its nostrils to keep the water out while doing this.

• Unlike other raptors, the Osprey can bend its outer toe backward, allowing it to grasp a fish firmly with two talons in front and two in back.

Range Maps:
Osprey Breeding Map Osprey Winter Map      USGS
Breeding Map          Winter Map (CBC)     
Additional Information:
The Osprey
Range, habitat, physical description, behavior, diet, lifespan, communication, predation, and conservation status of this raptor. (From Animal Diversity Web)
Osprey in Flight
Osprey in Flight
Public domain photo from NASA

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