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CAVS: 8739

Subspecies Pandion haliaetus cristatus (Vieillot, 1816)

Eastern Osprey, Fish Hawk, Osprey, White-headed Osprey


Generic Combinations



Christidis & Boles raised P. haliaetus cristatus to species level based on the work of Wink et al. (2004) who used the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene to demonstrate that genetic differences between three of the four P. haliaetus subspecies were similar to that of other distinct raptor species. This treatment has not gained widespread acceptance and we retain the more traditional arrangement of placing P. cristatus as a subspecies of P. haliaetus until a more detailed analysis can resolve this issue.




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Has been recorded in the ACT; also Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Central Arnhem (CA), Carnarvon (CAR), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Dampierland (DL), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gawler (GAW), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), Mallee (MAL), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Great Australian Bight Shelf Transition (32), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Distribution References

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
10-Nov-2020 AVES 27-Sep-2022 MODIFIED
10-Nov-2020 FALCONIFORMES 08-Oct-2015 MODIFIED Dr Wayne Longmore
01-May-2014 MODIFIED