Pandion haliaetus, Lin.
40. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 80; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. V, p. 40; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 373; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 81; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 234.
Length, 26; wing, 20; tail 9; tarsus, 2.25; bill at gape 1.6 ; mid toe, 3.5.
Length; 23.5 ; wing 19 ; tail, 8.5.
The bill black; gape and base of lower mandible pale lavender plumbeous; cere dark lead-color; irides bright yellow ; legs and feet delicate sea-green; claws black.
Above, head and nape white, the feathers of the forehead and crown with dark brown stripes ; upper plumage rich hair-brown ; quills blackish; tail pale brown, with dark bars, whitish On the inner web; a dark brown' band from the eyes over the ears ; beneath pure white, with some brown spots on the breast, longitudinal in youth, broader in advancing age, and tending to coalesce in the fully adult.
The Osprey or Fish Hawk occurs throughout the region, but is nowhere abundant; it frequents the backwaters and lagoons on the coast, also the larger tanks and lakes inland, and is found occasionally along the courses of the larger rivers ; it is perhaps more common along the sea coast. It probably breeds within the district, but there is no record of its eggs having been taken.