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About the Osprey

Also known as: Fishhawk, Seahawk, Fish Eagle

The Osprey is a medium-large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution. It occurs in all continents except Antarctica, but in South America only as a non-breeding migrant. It is often known by other colloquial names such as fishhawk, seahawk or Fish Eagle.

The Osprey is a species with many unique characteristics, and therefore has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion, and family, Pandionidae.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 March 2007
Scientific Name Pandion haliaetus
  • Falconiformes
  • Pandionidae
  • Pandion
  • P. haliaetus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
23 inches
66 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Águia-pescadora (Brazilian)
  • (Chinese)
  • Orlovec říční (Czech)
  • Fiskeørn (Danish)
  • Visarend (Dutch)
  • Sääksi (Finnish)
  • Balbuzard Pêcheur (French)
  • Fischadler (German)
  • Falco Pescatore (Italian)
  • ミサゴ (Misago) (Japanese)
  • 물수리 (Mulsuri) (Korean)
  • Fiskeørn (Norwegian)
  • Rybołów (Polish)
  • Скопа (Russian)
  • Águila Pescadora (Spanish)
  • Fiskgjuse (Swedish)

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