Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)

Conservation Status
Osprey
Photo by Christa Rittberg
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N4N - Secure Breeding, Apparently Secure Nonbreeding

S4S5B - Apparently Secure, Secure Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

22 to 25 in length

54 to 72 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Lakes, slow rivers, and streams

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

April to late May and mid-August to mid-October

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon migrant, uncommon and local breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Accipitriformes (hawks, eagles, kites, and allies)  
 

Family

Pandionidae (ospreys)  
 

Genus

Pandion (ospreys)  
       
 

In 2008, the subspecies Australian Osprey (Pandion haliaetus cristatus) was split into its own species, Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus).

 
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

American Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis)

Caribbean Osprey (Pandion haliaetus ridgwayi)

Eurasian Osprey (Pandion haliaetus haliaetus)

 
       
 

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Christa Rittberg

 
    Osprey   Osprey  
 

Wayne Rasmussen

 
 

Tandem Ospreys near Breezy Point, MN on Hwy #11

 
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Osprey
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  Osprey  

An Osprey Story
Craig A. Mullenbach

  An Osprey Story  
 
About

At Marsden Lake within the former TCAAP land, there was an Osprey. It was hungry. It tried and tried and eventually secured its dinner. Along came a young eagle who spoiled the party.

The white dots throughout some of these frames are mostly "cotton fluff" from a cottonwood tree nearby.

 

Osprey
Craig A. Mullenbach

  Osprey  
 
About

At Marsden Lake within the former TCAAP land, there was an Osprey. It was hungry. It tried and tried and eventually secured its dinner. Along came a young eagle who spoiled the party.

The white dots throughout some of these frames are mostly "cotton fluff" from a cottonwood tree nearby.

 

Mully410 Critical Blog
erickdircks

   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 4, 2011

01-07-2011 Osprey from the Tampa, Florida Area. An amazing bird, and very beautiful in flight.. Keep in mind there are no duplicate pictures in this video!

MD Photography
Frankfort, Indiana

 
     

 

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Other Videos
 
  Osprey Buiding a Nest
Albin Kampfer
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 20, 2007

Here is video of a mating pair of ospreys building a nest like you haven't seen before. Shot along the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Oregon 4/14/07.

 
  Osprey 01, Birds of Prey in America
ojatro
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 15, 2012

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While I was searching for American Crocodile film locations in South Florida, I came across this magnificent birds of prey. The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is also known as the Sea Hawk, Fish Hawk or Fish Eagle, but despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not a Sea Eagle. This raptor is diurnal, mainly feeding on fish and reaching more than 24 inches in length and 71 inches across the wings. It is brown on the upper parts of its body and predominantly grey to white on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings. The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-Breeding migrant.

 
  Ospreys Catching Fish - The Animal's Guide To Britain, Episode 1 Preview - BBC Two
BBC
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 13, 2011

More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010fqdy

Chris Packham looks on in wonder as a flock of ospreys dive to catch trout from a fish farm in Scotland.

 
  Identification of Bird of Prey, The Osprey Devouring & Eating Live Fish at Circle B Bar Reserve
SandieM0731
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 17, 2010

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The Osprey, our only Raptor, or Bird of Prey that plunges into the water feet first sat perched above devouring its morning fish. Birders from Kissimmee, Florida located in Osceola County in Central Florida drive the easy 50 mile road trip to Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland for awesome birdwatching.The Osprey, or commonly knows as Fish hawk devoured and ate every last piece of fish flesh right before my eyes. Watch the way The Osprey uses its bill to hold and rip the fish apart by simply turning the Osprey's head from side to side using its much hooked bill. Ospreys are birds of prey or raptors, and their only food source is fish. The fish Ospreys take dwell in shallow water or will be near the surface since Osprey do not dive. The Osprey capture their prey with large strong feet, equipped with scale like undersides and claws which are long, sharp and powerful. You will never find an Osprey far from water in which fish may be had.

Take particular note of the white underside of the Osprey, dark tail and the broad black line through the eye on an otherwise white head. Whereas, adult Bald Eagles are dark on their underside with a white tail and a pure white head. Check my old video http://bit.ly/BaldEaglesAmazing for more differences to help identify the differences between the two species.

One of the many reasons I so much enjoy Circle B Bar Reserve is the escape from the noise pollution from populated areas. Diversified habitats offer pristine territories for a multitude of flora and fauna. Something wild and wonderful happens during every visit to the Reserve.

 
       

 

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  Cathy R.
4/25/2021

Location: rural Duluth MN, near Rose Rd and Solway Rd

saw an Osprey land in a tree in our yard today, about 6pm. It sat about 15 min then flew away. Our house is 4 miles from nearest lake.

 
  Jon
7/26/2020

Location: Barnum Minnesota

killed and ate one of our chickens we are raising for meat.  

 
  Jeff
3/28/2019

Location: North Sylvan Lake MN

Was feeding in the tree along the lakeshore in front of our house around 11 AM.

 
  Danny
5/11/2017

Location: Lake Benton, MN

 
  Wayne Rasmussen
5/31/2015

Location: Breezy Point, MN

Tandem Ospreys near Breezy Point, MN on Hwy #11

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