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 soaring Locality Cat Tien National Park, Cochinchina, Vietnam (ssp haliaetus)
Josep del Hoyo 12 April 2008 4 years ago 40 sec 3.8
A bird calling and flapping its wings in a tree Locality Nosara, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica (ssp carolinensis)
Max Roth 28 February 2001 7 years ago 36 sec 3.8
A bird flying with a fish in the talons. Locality Hitotsuse-gawa, Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan (ssp haliaetus)
Josep del Hoyo 27 January 2010 2 years ago 21 sec 3.8
Bird resting on a dead tree Locality Plaine du Forez, Loire, Rhône-Alpes, France
forezbirder 29 August 2011 18 weeks ago 24 sec 3.8
A bird flying with a fish in its talons Locality Rio Lagartos, Yucatán State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (ssp carolinensis)
Josep del Hoyo 29 September 2006 5 years ago 21 sec 3.8
An individual in a garden with a fish, then flying away Locality Pebble Shores, Naples, Collier County, Florida, USA (United States) (ssp carolinensis)
Sharyn Staggers 30 April 2007 5 years ago 45 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 172 photos
A bird flying
Locality Tamri, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco (ssp haliaetus)
Luis Mario Arce 14 April 2013 7 weeks ago 4
eating a fish
mohammmmad alamin khogaly... 10 weeks ago 4
Got it flying in a weird way haha
Locality Stuart, Martin County, Florida, USA (United States)
birdqueen2127 25 March 2013 11 weeks ago 4
An adult sitting on a pole eating a fish it caught.
Locality Florida, USA (United States)
sophiebuck 30 April 2012 19 weeks ago 4
Flying over golf course.
Locality Southern Thailand, Thailand
wilsondring 23 December 2012 25 weeks ago 4
Locality Muro Bonito, Chinandega Department, Nicaragua
Orlando Jarquín G. 10 November 2012 27 weeks ago 4
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