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Osprey
Pandion haliaetus

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2021.

Description:
A large bird measuring up to 24 inches in length. Dark brown above, white below, white crown, and a dark brown eyestripe.
Range:
Breeds in North America, Eurasia, Middle East, Australia, and Indonesia and winters in southern North America, Central America, South America, the West Indies, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
Habitat(s):
Around rivers, streams, ponds, bays, and other bodies of water.
Reproduction:
1 to 4 pinkish eggs are laid in a large nest of sticks placed in trees, telephone poles, channel markers, and man-made nest platforms. Sometimes nests in colonies.
Food:
Known as "fish hawks", this species feeds on fish from coastal habitats, freshwater lakes and rivers.
Comments:
No longer listed in Florida as of 2018, but is part of the Imperiled Species Management Plan. Can be found year-round in Florida as both a nesting species and as a migrant passing between more northern areas and Central and South America in the spring and fall.

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2021.



 
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