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(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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Race "haliaetus"

We have not taken photos of Ospreys, race "haliaetus", in Europe yet, but have photographed them in Oman.

Food, Diet

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

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