Habitat: Nests on the tops of frees and posts overlooking open water
Average Lifespan: 30 years
They are dark brown above, white below, with white heads and a prominent black eye stripe. Females usually have a dark spotted "necklace." Adult ospreys can easily have a wingspan of close to 6 feet. As you might expect, these big birds need big nests. Ospreys build their nests at the tops of dead trees, on power poles or on docks?just about any place with a view of the open water. Not surprisingly, they nest on lakes, reservoirs and rivers. In early October, ospreys leave for winter to Central and South America. By then, the young have left the nest and become expert fishers.
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