Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Order: Accipitriformes | Family: Pandionidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Florida USA

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. United States

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Central America

Identification & Behavior: ~58 cm (23 in). The Osprey has very long wings that in flight are always bent in boomerang-like shape. It has dark brown upperparts and white underparts with a variable amount of speckling on the chest. The head is hawk-like with a dark band that projects towards the nape. Catches fish by plunging into the water.  

Status: The Ospreys is a Boreal migrant. They are associated with bodies of water in the Amazonian lowlands and along the Pacific Coast. They are uncommon during the Austral Summer of Oct. through Apr or May. Most birds return to the breeding grounds, but some stay year round. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Aguila Pescadora.

Sub-species: Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Linnaeus, 1758.

Meaning of Name:  Pandion: Gr myth. Pandion= King of Attica. heliaetus: L haliaeetus= a sea eagle.

See more of the Family Pandionidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 7/09/2014.