Name: Osprey

Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus

Type: Eagle

Color: Brown,White

Habitat: Desert,Fields,Water

Size: 56-61cm

Conservation status:

Resident Breeder


Easily told by long, narrow wings, distinctly angled when gliding, white under-surface with black carpals and band through centre of underwing, white crown and dark eye-mask. Variable dusky band across fore-neck (usually boldest in female). Juvenile has whitish scales and white line on greater coverts above. Flies with very steady shallow wing-beats, glides on smoothly curved wings; may recall large soaring gull at distance. Hovers over water persistently for fish and dives with splash, almost disappearing.

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