Osprey Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Ospreys are very large, distinctively shaped hawks. Despite their size, their bodies are slender, with long, narrow wings and long legs. Ospreys fly with a marked kink in their wings, making an M-shape when seen from below.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Bald Eagle; larger and longer-winged than a Red-tailed Hawk.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 21.3-22.8 in (54-58 cm)
      • Weight: 49.4-70.5 oz (1400-2000 g)
      • Wingspan: 59.1-70.9 in (150-180 cm)

Regional Differences

None in North America.