osprey, fish hawk, fish eagle, sea eagle, Pandion haliaetus(noun)
large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years
A bird of prey (Pandion haliaetus) that feeds on fish and has white underparts and long, narrow wings each ending in four finger-like extensions.
aigrette (ornamental feather)
Origin: From Late ospray from ossifragus.
The Osprey, 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 in length and 180 cm across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts, with a black eye patch and wings. In 1994, the osprey was declared the provincial bird of Nova Scotia, Canada. 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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
os′prā, n. the fish-hawk, a species of eagle very common on the coast of North America. [Corr. from ossifrage, which see.]
The numerical value of osprey in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of osprey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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Today's Osprey is not your granddad's Osprey.
It has become this really amazing mecca for wildlife, you've got these osprey nests on the front of the boats, and heron rookeries, bats breeding in the hull of the ships -- it's a really rich wildlife and historical location.
It’s on 24-7 on my computer. I hear a screech and I run to see what’s happening. He’s either bringing her a fish or he’s swapping with her to sit on the eggs, it’s just amazing, i’ve had an interest in ospreys for a long time. Our local osprey populationhas come back from near extinction.
Even though fish-eating terrestrial consumers are often exposed to high levels of mercury, they are usually not species eaten by humans – think of an osprey, kingfisher or bald eagle, the same is true for terrestrial consumers that rely on emergent aquatic insects – they are often not species consumed by humans such as spiders, songbirds and bats.
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- орел рибарBulgarian
- àguila pescadoraCatalan, Valencian
- orlovec říčníCzech
- gwalch y pysgodWelsh
- fiŝaglo, pandionoEsperanto
- águila pescadora, gavilán pescador, guinchoSpanish
- arrano arrantzaleBasque
- kalasääski, sääksiFinnish
- balbuzard pêcheur, balbuzardFrench
- coirneach, iascaire coirneachIrish
- iolair-uisge, iolair-iasgaichScottish Gaelic
- shawk eeasteeManx
- elang tiramIndonesian
- falco pescatoreItalian
- táłkááʼ naalzheehíNavajo, Navaho
- ribji orelSlovene
- fiskgjuse, benbråkare, benbrytareSwedish
- balık kartalıTurkish
- melakvil, melakvilülVolapük
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