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    Osprey

    Pandion haliaetus

    Information

    The Osprey is a cosmopolitan. It is especially impressive how it dives to catch fish: It plunges into the water with great speed, thrusting out its long feet shortly before immersing. Sometimes it disappears under water for several seconds before rising with heavy wing-beats. As a fish-eating bird, this raptor has no easy life: Disturbances at the eyrie and shooting have led to its extinction as a breeding bird in Switzerland almost 100 years ago.

    Voice

    Status (in CH)
    former breeder, regular, scarce migrant, extremely rare summer visitor
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    0
    Migration behaviour
    long-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    52-60
    wing span (cm)
    152-167
    Weight (g)
    1200-2050
    Nest site
    trees, pylons
    Food
    fish
    Group
    Osprey
    Habitat
    lakes, rivers & streams
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution