Pandionidae – Ospreys

Western Osprey ( ) by Dan at Viera Wetlands

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) by Dan at Viera Wetlands

And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, (Leviticus 11:13 KJV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – ACCIPITRIFORMES, Family – Pandionidae – Ospreys

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (2)

Pandion
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)


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Articles Mentioning Birds From This Family:

Birds of the Bible – Osprey
Birds of the Bible – Osprey II
Birds of the Bible – Osprey III
Birds of the Bible – Ospreys in the Storm
Birds Vol 2 #2 – The American Osprey
Birdwatching – South Lake Howard Nature Park 7-28-12
Birdwatching at Lake Morton and S. Lake Howard
Birds of the Bible – How Many Are There? Part II

Other Websites that have photos of this Family:

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching 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, with a black eye patch and wings.

The Osprey tolerates a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. It is found on all continents except Antarctica although in South America it occurs only as a non-breeding migrant.

As its other common name suggests, 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. As a result of these unique characteristics, it has been given its own taxonomic genus, Pandion and family, Pandionidae. Four subspecies are usually recognized, one of which has recently been given full species status. Despite its propensity to nest near water, the Osprey is not classed as a sea-eagle. (Wikipedia with editing)

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