Ospreys are large diurnal raptors with long narrow wings.

Length: 22.0-25.0 in (56.0-64.0 cm); width 58.0-72.0 in (147.0-183.0 cm), wingspan 58-72in (147-183cm).

Weight: Males 2 lbs. 10 oz to 3 lbs. 8.5 oz; females, 2 lbs. 12 oz to 4 lbs. 3.5 oz (larger than males).

Dark brown above, males are usually all white below with prominent dark eye stripe on white head. Sexes nearly alike in plumage, females having necklace of dark streaks.

Immature similar to adult, but back has scaly appearance due to light edges on feathers, and tail has a white terminal band. Long, narrow wings bent back at the wrist in flight; gull-like.

Wings are arched near body when soaring. Flight speed timed in migration in western United States 25-27 mph.

Osprey Viewing Areas

You might find ospreys at the following locations: