Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) - HBW 2, p. 51
French: Balbuzard pêcheur
Spanish: Aguila Pescadora
Other common names: Fish Hawk
Taxonomy: Falco Haliaetus Linnaeus, 1758, Europe = Sweden.
Sometimes included within family Accipitridae, but usually in its own subfamily, Pandioninae. Race melvillensis often applied to birds from Indonesia to N Australia, but probably not valid; similar to cristatus. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- haliaetus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Scandinavia E to Japan and S to Mediterranean, Red Sea and Cape Verde Is; winters S to S Africa, India, W Indonesia and Philippines.
- carolinensis (Gmelin, 1788) - Labrador W to Alaska and S to Florida and Arizona; winters S to Peru and S Brazil.
- ridgwayi Maynard, 1887 - Caribbean, including Bahamas, Cuba and Belize.
- cristatus (Vieillot, 1816) - Australia E to New Caledonia, and N through New Guinea to Java and Sulawesi.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 81 videos
Adult catch fish in a pond Locality Kangasala, Western Finland Province, Finland
Per Johan 17 July 2007 2 years ago 30 sec 4.9
Adult display on pole, calling Locality Kangasala, Western Finland Province, Finland
Per Johan 17 July 2007 2 years ago 2 min 10 sec 4.8
Female Osprey feeding a nestling Locality British Columbia, Canada
Sean McCann 7 July 2012 49 weeks ago 1 min 35 sec 4.8
A frontal view of an adult perched on a dead snag looking around and then doing a wing stretch. Locality Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp carolinensis)
Don DesJardin 31 October 2009 3 years ago 49 sec 4.6
Two birds on a pond fishing . Locality Torfvennteich, Haltern-Lavesum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 6 April 2013 9 weeks ago 1 min 39 sec 4.6
Osprey takes flight in UltraSlo motion Locality New York City, New York, USA (United States)
UltraSlo 12 May 2012 1 year ago 1 min 4.4
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A bird flying with fish in talons at Tirat Tzvi fish ponds.
Locality Tirat Tzvi, Beit She'an Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 24 October 2010 2 years ago 4.9
Locality Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia (ssp cristatus)
AA los banos 4 December 2010 1 year ago 4.8
sulqatar 2 years ago 4.8
With his meal
Locality Abu Nakhla Ponds, Doha, Qatar
John A Thompson 29 June 2009 2 years ago 4.7
Adult seen at close quarters as it settled and perched on an exposed branch.
Locality Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia (ssp cristatus)
Edward Smith 17 October 2012 32 weeks ago 4.6
An Osprey in flight carying a branch for his nest.
Locality Everglades National Park, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp carolinensis)
Michel Lamarche 25 December 2008 2 years ago 4.6
Calls by three young birds close to the nest. Locality Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2012 36 weeks ago 4
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An adult singing on a tree branch. Un adulto vocaliza posado sobre una rama. Locality Caonillas Lake, Utuado, Puerto Rico
J. Gonzalez y F. Collazo 20 November 2005 3 years ago 4