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
A bird flying at a lake Locality Naigaon, Konkan Division, Maharashtra, India (ssp haliaetus)
Chandrahas Kolhatkar 28 December 2002 7 years ago 21 sec 3.3
An individual perched in a tree, looking around. Locality Garana River mouth, Santa Isabel Island, Isabel Province, Solomon Islands (ssp cristatus)
Josep del Hoyo 8 October 2010 2 years ago 22 sec 3.3
Dorsal view of a juvenile bird perched on a trunk. Locality Penticton, British Columbia, Canada (ssp carolinensis)
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2012 32 weeks ago 27 sec 3.3
A bird flying and looking for a perch, finaly landing on an electrical post. Locality Hitotsuse-gawa, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp haliaetus)
Josep del Hoyo 27 January 2010 2 years ago 42 sec 3.3
Several views of a bird hovering. Locality Sippighat, South Andaman, Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar (ssp haliaetus)
Josep del Hoyo 14 December 2009 3 years ago 24 sec 3.3
An individual in flight, seen from below. Locality Kampi, Kratié Province, Cambodia (ssp haliaetus)
Josep del Hoyo 12 March 2011 1 year ago 16 sec 3.2
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A bird flying
Locality Tamri, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco (ssp haliaetus)
Luis Mario Arce 14 April 2013 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.8
Osprey carry a fish flying back to the shore
William IP 27 November 2011 1 year ago 3.8
Osprey in flight clutching partly-eaten fish
Locality East Lake, Ontario, Canada
Ian Barker 17 July 2011 1 year ago 3.8
Locality Southern Finland Province, Finland
Ahvenainen 12 April 2010 2 years ago 3.8
Sitting on a road fence
Locality Carden Alvar, Kirkfield, Ontario, Canada
Dani Valverde 1 May 2008 2 years ago 3.8
An adult standing perches on a precarious place.
Locality Krabi, Southern Thailand, Thailand
Carmelo López 11 December 2008 2 years ago 3.8
Calls by three young birds close to the nest. Locality Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Josep del Hoyo 13 August 2012 32 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