Raptor Fun Facts: Osprey

05 June 2017
Osprey. Photo by Jerry Liguori Osprey. Photo by Jerry Liguori

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Did you know that Ospreys have specialized feet for grasping fish?  Osprey have acutely curved talons, and the bottom of their feet have tiny spines called "spicules" that help them maintain a firm grip on slippery fish, their main prey.  While most raptors have three toes in the front and one in the back, Osprey can rotate the outer toe backward or forward depending on the size of the prey, which they typically carry head first for aerodynamics.  

Want to learn more about Osprey?  Check out our Raptor ID Fact Sheets for more information. 

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