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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Pandon
Genus species:Pandon haliaetus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:56 cm
Identification:The osprey has a white cap, a dark brown eye line, nape, back, and upperwings, and white underparts with barred black wings. Its wings are round-tipped.
Habitat:Wetland, lakes, rivers, coasts
Diet:Carnivore: primarily fish, will eat small mammals and wounded birds
Reproduction:Ospreys build their nests on the ground with sticks and seaweed. Three to four eggs are incubated for 32-43 days.
Behavior:Ospreys hunting by hovering over the water and then suddenly plunging to the surface.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:The soles of an osprey's feet are studded with spikes to help it grip fish.

Other Information

Geographic:Nearly worldwide Date:1974-12 Subjects:raptor
Osprey
hawk-like bird
Pandion
Pandionidae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals