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==Distribution== ==Distribution==
-[[North America]], [[Central America]], [[South America]], [[Africa]], [[Eurasia]] and [[Australasia]]. +[[North America]], [[Central America]], [[South America]], [[Africa]], [[Europe]], [[Asia]] and [[Australasia]]. Except for breeding in Australasia, this species breeds in the northern hemisphere and migrates south in winter.
==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
- +Four to six subspecies are recognised. Nominate race breeds in the Palearctic, ''carolinensis'' with paler breast-band in [[North America]], ''ridgwayi'' in the [[Caribbean]] with whiter head and breast; and the smaller ''cristatus'' from [[Indonesia]] and [[Australasia]]. Birds from the [[Philippines]] to northern [[Australia]] are sometimes separated as ''melvillensis'' and those from [[New Caledonia]] as ''microhaliaetus'' but these races are not universally recognised.
-Four - six subspecies are recognised. Nominate race breeds in the Palearctic, ''carolinensis'' with paler breast-band in [[North America]], ''ridgwayi'' in the [[Caribbean]] with whiter head and breast; and the smaller ''cristatus'' from [[Australasia]]. Birds from the [[Philippines]] to northern [[Australia]] are sometimes separated as ''melvillensis'' and those from [[New Caledonia]] as ''microhaliaetus'' but these races are not universally recognised.+
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
Closely tied to water at all seasons. Closely tied to water at all seasons.
==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
 +Among the characteristic behaviors, the one where it hovers over for example a clearwater lake and then splashes in so that the entire bird seems to disappear may be the most spectacular. Quite often, it will come up again carrying a fish, its main food.
==Bird Song== ==Bird Song==
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*[http://www.aviceda.org/abid/birdimages.php?action=birdspecies&fid=42&bid=556 View more images of this species on the ABID] *[http://www.aviceda.org/abid/birdimages.php?action=birdspecies&fid=42&bid=556 View more images of this species on the ABID]
*[http://www.orientalbirdimages.org/birdimages.php?action=birdspecies&Bird_ID=1017&Bird_Image_ID=2506&Bird_Family_ID=108 View more images of this species on Orientalbirdimages] *[http://www.orientalbirdimages.org/birdimages.php?action=birdspecies&Bird_ID=1017&Bird_Image_ID=2506&Bird_Family_ID=108 View more images of this species on Orientalbirdimages]
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Pandion haliaetus
Photo by richard bledsoeLocation: Lake Murray, La Mesa, California, USA
Photo by richard bledsoe
Location: Lake Murray, La Mesa, California, USA

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Identification

W. up to 72 inches

  • Long, slender wings
  • Dark brown above
  • White with patterning below
  • Rather prominant nape crest
  • Dark eye-stripe
  • Beak is dark
  • Eyes yellow

Talons sharp, with scutes for holding slippery prey.

Distribution

North America, Central America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Except for breeding in Australasia, this species breeds in the northern hemisphere and migrates south in winter.

Taxonomy

Four to six subspecies are recognised. Nominate race breeds in the Palearctic, carolinensis with paler breast-band in North America, ridgwayi in the Caribbean with whiter head and breast; and the smaller cristatus from Indonesia and Australasia. Birds from the Philippines to northern Australia are sometimes separated as melvillensis and those from New Caledonia as microhaliaetus but these races are not universally recognised.

Habitat

Closely tied to water at all seasons.

Behaviour

Among the characteristic behaviors, the one where it hovers over for example a clearwater lake and then splashes in so that the entire bird seems to disappear may be the most spectacular. Quite often, it will come up again carrying a fish, its main food.

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