Osprey in flight with fish (c) Chris Wilson

Osprey

Ospreys are some of the most widespread birds of prey, located on every continent except Antarctica. Found typically near both salt and freshwater, they inhabit a variety of landscapes. Ospreys are supreme fishers. Plunging feet first they pluck live fish from the water's surface, often submerging themselves completely in the process. This skillful manoeuvre is aided by a few key adaptations including oily plumage, big feet and a reversible toe which allows them to carry sizeable fish whilst in flight.

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Scientific name: Pandion haliaetus

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Osprey taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Osprey can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Amazon Rainforest, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, North America, Russia, South America, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Osprey distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Birds of prey
  6. Pandionidae
  7. Pandion
  8. Osprey

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