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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Pandionidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Alan F. Poole


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Large. Brown back and wings contrast with the white underparts. Head white with a broad brown line through the eye, beak black and strongly hooked.


In flight shows white belly and underwings contrasting with brown "wrists" and strongly barred flight feathers.


Juveniles have fine white spotting on the upperwings and back. Flies with its wings bent back at its "wrists."


Feeds exclusively on fish.


Can show a distinct crest, depending on wind direction and mood.


Constructs prominent large stick nests on platforms or large trees.

Recommended Citation

Poole, A. F. (2009). Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.