from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as osprey.
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Europe, the wagtails not only chase the birds of prey which might be dangerous to them, but they chase also the fishing-hawk
The kites will also give chase to the swift fishing-hawk, and rob it of the fish it has captured; but no one ever saw the kites fighting together for the possession of the prey so stolen.
As at San Francisco, there is an abundance of birds hovering constantly about the harbor of Nagasaki, not sea-gulls, but a brown fishing-hawk, which here seems to take the place of the gull, swooping down upon its finny prey after the same fashion, and uttering a wild, shrill cry when doing so.
THE last of this race I shall mention is the falco piscatorius, or fishing-hawk: this is a large bird, of high and rapid flight; his wings are very long and pointed, and he spreads a vast sail, in proportion to the volume of his body.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
Exclusive of the true Osprey (F.lco Haliætus), which is rather a larger fishing-hawk than an eagle, there are two kinds, viz. -- the GOLDEN EAGLE (F. Chrysaëtos), and the WHITE-TAILED or
1 The herons (Ardea herodias), the fishing-hawk (Pandion haliaëtos carolinensis), and the blue-crested king fisher (Ceryle alcyon) are, as Clark states, not peculiar to the Pacific coast. —