Eastern Osprey

Pandion cristatus

Pandion cristatus - Eastern Osprey
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Size: 65 cm length, 1.7 m wingspan

Distribution: State-wide

Habitat: Coasts, estuaries and major inshore waterways

Depth: N/A

The Eastern Osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey that is usually seen alone or in pairs. It is brown on top, with a white underside and a distinctive black band through the eye. It nests in the tops or large eucalypts in coastal areas, as well as near inland water systems. It can be mistaken for the White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), which does not have the eye-band, and soars with outstretched wings instead of the bowed wing position of the Eastern Osprey.