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O S P R E Y

 

Since the first nestings of the Osprey returning to the Highlands of Scotland, the number of pairs nesting in Scotland are now over 200.

 

Approximately 60 cm in length, with a wingspan of 150 cm, the osprey is an exclusively fish-eating bird of prey, feeding mainly, in Scotland, on trout and pike.  The female is slightly larger than the male.  Adult birds are dark brown above and white below.  Young have brown feathers, with white tips.  A distinctive brown breast band, is more prominent in females.  The head is white, with a thick dark brown stripe through the eye.  Wings are white below, marked with brown.   Legs and feet are grey-green in colour.