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Ospreys are large raptors having a wing span from 57 to 69 inches. Ospreys have strong hooked beaks and large feet armed with extremely sharp talons to aid in the catching and eating of prey. Sexes are similar in appearance, with females on average being about 20% larger than males. The head is white on top with a dark brown eye line that broadens behind the eye extending down the nape of neck, back, upper wings and tail. Dark brown mottling on the upper breast produces a necklace effect, being more defined in female ospreys. The white belly, characteristic crooked wing shape and flight style of ospreys make recognizing them at a distance, relatively easy.
From Alabama Outdoors.