Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

There are multiple names for the osprey; some are sea hawk, river hawk, fish hawk. The osprey is known for nesting near rivers and the sea and survives mainly on a diet of fish. The osprey can be found all over the world, except for the north and south poles. The osprey has its own genus; the only two species in the genus are the western osprey and the eastern osprey.

Characteristics

The osprey is one of the larger raptors. The wing span of the osprey is between 150cm–180cm (60in–71in), the length is 60cm (24in). The bird weighs between 1.4 to 2kg (3-4.4lb). The topside of the wings is a dark brown, with the underside and belly being mostly white but slightly mottled…

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