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Pandionidae - Osprey

Common Moorhen

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Accipitriformes
 Family: Pandionidae

Red-tailed HawkThere is one species in this family, the osprey. The osprey is a large bird of prey found on every continent, except Antarctica. It is found on lakes, rivers, and seacoasts where there is shallow water and plenty of fish!

When it locates a fish, it dives feet-first with its talons outstretched straight into the water and grabs its prey. It takes off from the water and adjusts the fish in its talons so the fish is facing head first. This makes the fish more aerodynamic and easier to carry! The osprey then flies to a perch to eat its catch.


World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

Osprey -Pandion haliaetus Least Concern Africa Asia Australia Europe North America South America New Hampshire Species Breeds in NH image More Info

 

 

Species Around the World

 

 


Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus profile Photos Video Least Concern Asia North America Europe Africa South America Australia New Hampshire Species Breeds in NH
The osprey is also known as the fish hawk.
Source:
Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes Searchable: Yes

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus profile Photos Audio Least Concern Asia North America Europe Africa South America Australia New Hampshire Species Breeds in NH
The osprey is found on all continents except Antarctica.
Source:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No