Osprey

Osprey

Hindi name: Machhalimar

Osprey is fish eating bird of prey. It is a diurnal bird. It is also known as fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, and fish hawk.

How does the bird appear…

The head is white with a dark mask across the eyes. The upperparts are a deep, glossy brown. Under parts are white. Breast is white and sometimes streaked with brown. Iris is golden. Bill is black with blue cere. The head is white with a dark mask across the eyes. Both sexes are similar but male slim than female.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is usually found near still or slow moving water, including both salt water and fresh water.

Food

It feeds mainly on fish but also takes rodents, rabbits, hares, amphibians, other birds, and small reptiles.

Breeding & Nesting

It breeds near fresh water. It nests on top of trees. Nest is large, heavy heap of sticks. Incubation period is of 35-43 days.

 

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