Pandion haliaetus

Family: Osprey
Present: Mar - Sept
Diet: Fish
Breeding: 200 - 250 pairs

In the second half of April, the female lays two or three eggs at 1-3 day intervals and incubates them for 37 days per egg. Even though chicks hatch a few days apart, aggression and dominance by the older chick is rare. This asynchronic hatching is typical for most birds of prey.


The osprey is a diurnal, fish eating bird of prey It is measuring more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts.

The osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. The osprey's diet consists almost exclusively of fish. It possesses specialised physical characteristics and exhibits unique behaviour to assist in hunting and catching prey. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the osprey is not classed as a sea eagle.

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