Hawk Like


Pandion haliaetus
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Length: 25 in. (64 cm )
Restricted to open water in large lakes, reservoirs, rivers and coastal areas, it dives head and feet first into the water to capture large fish. It will, however, take small mammals, birds, and marine invertebrates at times. Often pursued by Bald Eagles that rob the Osprey of its fish prey. Its nest is a huge bulky platform at the top of a live or dead tree near the water. Readily uses artificial platforms placed at the tops of poles to construct its nest. The Osprey has one of the broadest distributions of any bird species as it occurs on every continent except Antarctica.

The four-digit banding code is OSPR.

Male | Jim Burns

Female | Robert Shantz


Open water
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Osprey
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: April 18, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/osprey

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Osprey. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved April 18, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/osprey

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Osprey". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/osprey

MLA 2017 Style

Dr. Biology. "Osprey". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 18 Apr 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/osprey

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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