Species Details

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Osprey Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Pandion haliaetus
Family : Pandionidae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Osprey is a brown raptor with white underparts and a dark band through the eyes (adult bird length approximately 56 cm, wing 48 cm, bill 3.8 cm, tarsus 6.2 cm, tail 20.5 cm). It looks entirely dark brown above except for its whitish head. It has a pale head. It has yellowish legs and feet. The osprey is a fish-eating bird, with fish accounting for 99% of its diet. It typically catches live fish weighing between 150-300 g (5.3-10.6 oz) and around 25-35 cm (9.8-13.8 in) in length, but it can take fish ranging from 50 g (1.8 oz) to 2 kg (4.4 lb). In some cases, even larger fish like the 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) northern pike have been observed as prey. The osprey has excellent vision that allows it to spot underwater objects while flying. When it spots a fish, it hovers briefly before diving feet first into the water to catch it. The osprey can adjust its flight angle to compensate for the distortion caused by the water's refraction. After catching a fish, the osprey usually eats it on a nearby perch but can also carry it to another location. Although fish is the primary food source, ospreys occasionally prey on rodents, mammals, snakes, birds, amphibians, and crustaceans. Feeding on carrion is rare but has been documented in cases such as dead white-tailed deer and Virginia opossum.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Simon Elliott(www.xeno-canto.org/Simon Elliott), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.