Osprey (Palau)

Pandion haliaetus

Order

ACCIPITRIFORMES

Family

Osprey (Pandionidae)

Code 4

OSPR

Code 6

PANHAL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Osprey has one of the largest ranges possible, with the populations of Africa and the Americas appearing in an estimated range of up to 9,670,000 square kilometers alone. This species can be found natively throughout North and South America, the Caribbean and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa among other areas. Its habitat is as varied as its range and this species is found in forests, wetlands, marine environments and coastal areas. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 460,000 individuals. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Osprey have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Osprey (Palau): Large raptor with dark brown upperparts and contrasting white underparts; faint breast band, speckled brown necklace. Intensity varies based on sex and race, males usually less marked. Small white head has dark crown and eye stripe. Bill is dark. Wings are held at a distinct angle in flight; underwing shows barred flight feathers. Wings are fairly long and narrow; wing bends back at carpal joint, giving characteristic shallow V-shape. Legs and feet are gray. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has scaled upperparts, less marked breast band.


Range and Habitat

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Osprey (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Osprey L1

Loud whistles given by a male in a display flight.

Osprey P1

High-pitch begging calls from a juvenile on the nest.

Similar Sounding

Chinese Sparrowhawk E2

Call is a repeated "keee".


Voice Text

"tooup, tooup, tooup", "chewk-chewk-chewk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The genus name, Pandion, is named after Pandion of Athens, a mythical king of ancient Greece.
  • The Osprey is one of the most widespread species in the world, occurring on every continent except Antarctica.
  • The Osprey is sometimes called fish hawk, fish eagle, sea hawk, or river hawk.
  • This species has a reversible outer toe, which helps it carry fish while flying.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Flight feathersX
Located on the wing, and collectively called remiges (singular, remex). The long stiff feathers are subdivided into two major groups based on the location and are called primaries and secondaries.
ChestX
Also called the breast area, it is the frontal area on the body containing the breastplate and major flight muscles.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X