Osprey

(Pandion haliaetus)

Description

(wingspan: 59’’-67’’) Ospreys have a white head that continues down their chest and belly. They have black stripes that start at their yellow eyes and continue down their neck. Their wings and back are dark brown. The juveniles brown feathers have white tips which makes them look spotted.

Diet

These birds prey almost exclusively on live fish.

Migration

Ospreys are found in Colorado in the spring and summer but will migrate south for the fall and winter.

Breeding

Nests are built high in trees, on rocks, or man-made platforms. When building in trees, Osprey will either find a dead tree or construct their nests in an area that lacks overhead foliage.  Females will lay two to three eggs per brood and the babies will fledge in six to eight weeks.

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