; class Aves, order Falconiformes)
A monospecific family (Pandion haliaetus) which is a large, brownish-black and white bird of prey. Its bill is short and strongly hooked, its wings are long and pointed, and its feet have long toes and claws, the outer toe being reversible, and the soles having sharp scales for gripping prey. It inhabits coastal areas and inland fresh water, and feeds on fish caught with its feet. It nests in a tree or on the ground. It is found world-wide.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.