Pandion haliaetus


Pandion haliaetus
Least Concern
Pandion haliaetus
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The osprey is a medium-sized bird of prey with a wingspan of up to 6 feet. They have dark brown feathers on their upper body and white feathers on their head and underbelly. Ospreys have a distinctive "M" shape to their wings when in flight and a hooked beak for catching fish, their primary food source. They are known for their spectacular dives into the water to catch fish, which they then carry in their talons back to their nest. Ospreys are solitary birds during migration and mating season but often form colonies during the non-breeding season.

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Found on every continent except Antarctica, the Osprey is an iconic fishing species of raptor that evolved unique hooked textures on its toe pads for grasping fish from the water. Like many raptors, a pair remain together for life, often returning to the same nesting sites every year. Old Fact: The osprey is the second most widely distributed raptor species and can be found on every continent except Antarctica, the Osprey is an iconic lake habitant, This species is at least 11 million years old and is so well adapted to fishing that it has evolved unique claws and beaks that set it apart from other raptor species.

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