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
Two individuals at their nest Locality Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA (United States) (ssp carolinensis)
Michael Grunow 2 July 2006 5 years ago 9 sec 3.2
A perched bird, checking its talons. Locality Caye Caulker, Belize (ssp ridgwayi)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 9 August 2005 5 years ago 34 sec 3.1
An individual flying Locality Junglaven, Ventuari River, Amazonas State, Venezuela (ssp carolinensis)
Josep del Hoyo 27 February 2002 10 years ago 22 sec 3.1
A bird eating its prey (long distance view) Locality Gressholmen Island, Oslo Fjord, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp haliaetus )
Eric Roualet 15 September 2012 36 weeks ago 24 sec 3
A bird flying. Locality Yatsushiro Port, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp haliaetus)
Josep del Hoyo 26 January 2010 2 years ago 23 sec 3
A bird on a pole, rubbing its bill Locality Doñana National Park, Andalucia, Spain
Juan Sanabria 1 March 2010 2 years ago 48 sec 3
PhotosSee all 169 photos
con su presa listo para alimentarse
Locality Estero Real River, Chinandega Department, Nicaragua
Orlando Jarquín G. 23 January 2013 7 weeks ago 3.8
bird at his nest site - Puerto San Carlos (Bahia Magdalena)
Locality Baja California Sur State, Mexico (Northern)
Thore Noernberg 19 February 2013 11 weeks ago 3.8
Single adult bird in tree
Locality Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
John Pratt 6 May 2011 20 weeks ago 3.8
Bird perched on a top of a tree near a water, starting to flight.
Locality Bubali Bird Sanctuary, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles
Antonio Silveira 18 November 2012 26 weeks ago 3.8
Nesting Osprey's just beyond the airstrip on Caye Caulker
Locality Caye Caulker, Belize
christopher siviter 1 February 2012 44 weeks ago 3.8
Es una de las rapaces mas bellas y maravillosas que conozco su elegancia y presencia merecen todo mi respeto
José Miguel Grande Gutier... 4 March 2010 46 weeks 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