Pandionidae – Ospreys
The Pandionidae or Osprey family has recently been revised and the former lone species split into two species which are virtually identical but inhabit different areas of the world. They are also called fish eagles, sea hawks, river hawks, and fish hawks. They are a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. They are large raptors, reaching more than 60cm in length and 180cm in wingspan.They are brown on the upper parts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts. They tolerate a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. They are found on all continents except Antarctica, although in South America only as a non-breeding migrant.
As the other common names suggest, the ospreys’ diet consists almost exclusively of fish. They possess specialised physical characteristics and exhibit unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. As a result of these unique characteristics, they have their own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies were usually recognised, but one has recently been given full species status as Eastern Osprey which is found on the rivers and coastlines of Australia. Despite their propensity to nest near water, ospreys are not classed as sea eagles.
The two species:
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Eastern Osprey Pandion cristatus
Number of bird species: 2
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International Osprey FoundationWebsiteThe International Osprey Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, is dedicated to the continuing recovery and preservation of the osprey, others in the raptor family, wildlife and the environment as a whole. The Foundation conducts monitoring activities, and accumulates data specific to the breeding activities of the osprey population. The data is made available through the Foundations newsletter publication and can be obtained by interested parties/organizations upon request. The Foundation issues grants for researchers whose studies involve environmental concerns. The Foundation directs and participates in all areas of wildlife and habitat maintenance and restoration.
Osprey Project [UK]WebsiteWelcome to the website of the Anglian Water Osprey Project in partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and in Scotland, Roy Dennis MBE. The project is based at Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Ospreys are being re-introduced to England from the growing Scottish population. Satellite tracking is also being used to monitor the migration.
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