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Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)
Alternate name(s): "White-headed Osprey", "Fish hawk", "Fish eagle", "Sea hawk", "River hawk"
German name(s): "Fischadler"

Size: 52-60 cm; wing span: 1.45-1.7 m
Weight: 1.1-2.0 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Osprey at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "haliaetus"

ADULT

MALE

On average, male Ospreys have less prominent chest bands than females; the near-complete absence of such a band on this bird suggests that it may be a male (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

FEMALE

On average, male Ospreys have less prominent chest bands than females; the very prominent chest band on this bird suggests that it may be a female (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

Sex unknown

Near-frontal/ventral view of an Osprey in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Lateral view of an Osprey in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view of an Osprey in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view onto the upperwings of an Osprey in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Ventral view of an Osprey in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Osprey with its prey; note the light-grey edge lining on the wing coverts (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, October 2018]

Additional information

More photos of Ospreys, race "haliaetus", were taken in Oman.

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Ospreys feed on fish, which they can catch up to 1 m below the water surface.

Dorsal view of an Osprey carrying away its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Dorsal/ventral view of an Osprey carrying away its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

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