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(Pandion haliaetus)
Alternate name(s): "White-headed Osprey", "Fish hawk", "Fish eagle", "Sea hawk", "River hawk"
Size: 52-60 cm; wing span: 1.45-1.7 m
Weight: 1.1-2.0 kg


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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Osprey at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat

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Race "haliaetus"


Sex unknown

Osprey on a power pole, seen against diffuse evening sunlight; the bird is being harassed by a House Crow
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Ospreys feed on fish, which they can catch up to 1 m below the water surface (in their winter quarters in Oman usually of the sea, not fresh water).

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