|Scientific Name||Pandion haliaetus|
Fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, fish hawk
- The osprey is also called fish-eating bird because 99% of its prey is fish.
- The bird is able to catch fish weighing 150–300 g.
- They can see underwater animals very well.
- Ospreys can cover as much as 431 km (268 mi) in one day.
- First they see the prey 10–40 m (33–131 ft) above the water, after which the bird hovers.
Size & Weight
- BODY-LENGTH: 50–66 cm (20–26 in)
- WEIGHT: 0.9–2.1 kg (2.0–4.6 lb)
- WINGSPAN: 127–180 cm (50–71 in)
- TAIL: 16.5 to 24 cm (6.5 to 9.4 in)
- TARSUS: 2–6.6 cm (2.0–2.6 in)
- WING CHORD: 38 to 52 cm (15 to 20 in)
- WEIGHT: 50–60 g (1.8–2.1 oz)
Tropical, temperate regions
Alaska, Newfoundland, Florida, Argentina, Ireland, Scotland, southern United States, North Africa, eastern Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, Solomon Islands, Southeast Asia
Rodents, birds, rabbits, amphibians, small reptiles, hares
- P. h. haliaetus
- P. h. carolinensis
- P. h. ridgwayi
- P. h. cristatus (eastern osprey)
Number of Eggs
2 – 4 eggs
- LENGTH: 6.2 cm × 4.5 cm (2.4 in × 1.8 in)
- WEIGHT: 65 g (2.3 oz)
September – October
56 – 70 days
- 7 – 10 years (avg.)
- 20 – 25 years (max.)
- FLYING SPEED: 40 mph
- DICING SPEED: 80 mph
9,670,000 km2 (3,730,000 sq mi)
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