Appearance: Ospreys are large, black and white, and have a wingspan
of three to four feet. Females have a dark "necklace"
across their upper chest.
Range: Found worldwide near coastal areas or regions with
substantial water. Populations that nest in regions subject to harsh
winter weather are highly prone to migrate.
Nesting: Always near water, they build large platform nests.
Nest bases are constructed of sticks and twigs with soft
materials, such as kelp and plastic trash intertwined with
the stick platforms.
Eggs: 2-4 per clutch
Diet: Almost exclusively fresh and saltwater fish
- Have special pointed scales on the bottoms of their feet that
aid in grasping and holding slippery fish
- Plunge feet first, sometimes submerging up to their heads when
- Not commonly found in zoos because their nervous disposition
makes them challenging to care for
Conservation Status: Ospreys have rebounded after serious
decline from DDT, which was responsible for the decline of many
birds, like Brown Pelicans and Peregrine Falcons. When ingested,
DDT accumulates in the fat of animals and prevents proper egg formation.
Subsequently, eggs, when laid, are thin-shelled and break when