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Birds

Osprey

Least Concern

Increasing

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

The Osprey is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm in length and 180 cm across the wings. It is brown on the upper-parts and predominantly grayish on the head and underparts.

The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

Sea Hawk, Fish Eagle, Fish Hawk

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    মাছমুরাল
  • French:
    Balbuzard pêcheur
  • Gujarati:
    માછીમાર
  • Hindi:
    मछलीमार
  • Malayalam:
    താലിപ്പരുന്ത്
  • Marathi:
    कैकर
  • Nepali:
    मलाहा चील
  • Sanskrit:
    मत्स्य कुरर
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Taxanomy

ACCIPITRIFORMES
PANDIONIDAE
Pandion haliaetus

Quick Facts
  • It's outer toe is reversible so they can easily carry fish with two toes in the front and two toes behind.
Osprey

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