Osprey (species: Pandion cristatus) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pandion cristatus

©Ceri Pearce: Osprey at Eagle Island near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: An Osprey at Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: An Osprey at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Pandionidae
Genus Pandion
Species Pandion cristatus
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


At Lizard Island and nearby Eagle Island, laying season begins in April and chicks can fly by late July (Domm, 1977). Osprey are occasionally seen at Casuarina Beach in flight with fish in their talons.

Web resources


  • Domm, S. (1977). Sea birds and waders of the Lizard Island area, The Sunbird, 8: 1-8. LIRS catalog number 4.
  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.
  • Smith, G.C. (1985). An analysis of prey remnants from osprey Pandion haliaetus and white-bellied sea-eagle Haliaetus leucogaster feeding roosts, Emu, 85: 198-200. LIRS catalog number 173.
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