A large bird with a black and white head, black wings and white underbelly.It is sitting on top of a post.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Length 23” Wingspan 63”
Short hooked bill, stocky body, long crooked wings, striped tail, sharp talons, dark eye stripe and white hood, seen perched on poles, dives into water for fish.

Ospreys do not sing, but instead have a variety of different calls that are emitted in a high pitch whistling voice. One such call can be likened to the sound of a “whistling kettle” taken from the stovetop – a series of whistles that rise in intensity and then fall abruptly away.

Fun Fact!
Ospreys can rotate their toes to position their main prey, fish, to face forward - a position that reduces drag for easier flight.


Last updated: August 19, 2020

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