Ospreys on the NSW South Coast generally and Adelaide

To: Greg <>
Subject: Ospreys on the NSW South Coast generally and Adelaide
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 20:39:05 +1100
On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 06:15:42PM +1100, Greg wrote:
> The Osprey is generally a tropical species although the South and Western
> Australian populations are exceptions.

Ospreys have interesting distribution but not what I'd call tropical.
They breed across a big swathe of the palearctic almost to the arctic
circle - e.g scandinavia is a stronghold and I've seen plenty in migration
from canada.  They certainly also breed in various parts of the tropics
(middle east, central america, australasia) but are only non-breeding
visitors to much of the tropics. It is interesting that they are only
visitors to south america and almost all of sub-saharan africa but breed
around a good bit of the Australian coast.

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