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on April 9, 2010; last updated April 9, 2010
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The osprey is designed with long, curved, and very sharp claws. These claws, as well as its reversible outer toe, give the osprey the ability to grip its prey. The information for these features was part of God’s original creation, but the use of these features to catch prey was not necessary until after the Fall. The osprey also has nasal valves that prevent water from entering the bird’s nostrils when it dives into the water to catch fish.


  • The osprey is a large bird with a white underbelly and neck, brown body, dark eye lines, black beak, and bluish feet. There are slight variations within each subspecies.

Fun Facts

  • After an osprey catches a fish, it turns the prey so it faces forward. This is believed to make it easier to carry while flying.
  • The male osprey will “sky-dance” when trying to attract a mate.

Created Kind Members


CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Falconiformes (diurnal birds of prey)
FAMILY: Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, and relatives)
GENUS/SPECIES: Pandion haliaetus with four subspecies

Size: Around 2 ft (0.6 m); Wingspan: 5.5 ft (1.5–1.7 m)
Weight: 3–5 lbs (1.2–2 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: 99% of its diet is fish
Habitat: Salt marshes, swamps, lakes, and rivers on every continent except Antarctica

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