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 89 videos
Adult catch fish in a pond Locality Kangasala, Western Finland Province, Finland
Per Johan 17 July 2007 3 years ago 30 sec 4.9
Adult display on pole, calling Locality Kangasala, Western Finland Province, Finland
Per Johan 17 July 2007 3 years ago 2 min 10 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 4 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 1 year ago 1 min 39 sec 4.6
Female Osprey feeding a nestling Locality British Columbia, Canada
Sean McCann 7 July 2012 1 year ago 1 min 35 sec 4.6
A pair on their nest, one of them flying away. Locality Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA (United States) (ssp carolinensis)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 4 June 2013 26 weeks ago 24 sec 4.5
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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 3 years ago 4.9
sulqatar 2 years ago 4.8
Locality Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia (ssp cristatus)
AA los banos 4 December 2010 1 year ago 4.8
A bird flying with fish in talons at Tirat Tzvi fish ponds.Tirat Tzvi, Beit She'an Valley, Israel
Locality Beit She'an Valley, Israel
Lior Kislev 24 October 2010 2 years ago 4.8
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 3 years ago 4.6
With his meal
Locality Abu Nakhla Ponds, Doha, Qatar
John A Thompson 29 June 2009 3 years ago 4.6
Calls by three young birds close to the nest. Locality Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2012 1 year 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 4 years ago 4
A juvenile perching on top of a pole and calling. Locality Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Nick Talbot 23 April 2006 28 weeks ago 0