Osprey or American Bald Eagle

Could you tell them apart? What do you look for to distinguish between the two?

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How do I tell the Difference Between an Osprey and an American Bald Eagle?

One of the heartbreaks I have experienced is when visitors, especially children, show me a picture because they think it is of a Bald Eagle. Then I have to tell them, no, it is an Osprey.

Let me share the difference with you so you don't experience that frustration.


American Bald Eagle


American Bald Eagle

Graphic showing the visual differences between the Osprey and the American Bald Eagle

Osprey in flight

Osprey in flight. Can you see the M shape of its wings?

American Bald Eagle in flight

Bald Eagle in flight. Look closely at both birds and see the color differences.

Comparison of size between Osprey and Eagle

Comparison of size between the Osprey and the American Bald Eagle.

To learn more about the American Bald Eagle, check out this page.

To learn more about the Osprey, check out this page.

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