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(Pandion haliaetus)

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Large brownish bird with white head; dark stripe through eye; gray legs; wing in flight has backward "bend;" underside of wing white with darker stripes and markings; to 60cm (2 ft); wingspan to 1.8m (6ft). (Aguila Pescadora, Gavilán Pescador).


Lowlands (primarily coastal areas) of Caribbean and Pacific slopes; seen flying or perched in trees near water - ocean shores, mangroves, ponds, and lakes. This species is a non breeding seasonal migrant.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Costa Rica