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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 16 March 2007
Scientific Name
Pandion haliaetus
  • Falconiformes
  • Pandionidae
  • Pandion
  • P. haliaetus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
23 inches
66 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Águia-pescadora
Chinese (汉语)
Czech (Cesky) Orlovec říční
Danish (Dansk) Fiskeørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Visarend
Finnish (Suomi) Sääksi
French (Français) Balbuzard Pêcheur
German (Deutsch) Fischadler
Italian (Italiano) Falco Pescatore
Japanese (日本語) ミサゴ (Misago)
Korean (한국어) 물수리 (Mulsuri)
Norwegian (Norsk) Fiskeørn
Polish (Polski) Rybołów
Russian (русский язык) Скопа
Spanish (Español) Águila Pescadora
Swedish (Svenska) Fiskgjuse
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