Red Kite Milvus milvus

Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kites have reddish-brown plumage, a white-grey head and a forked/concave red (topside) tail. The under-wing has a white section just before the wingtips.
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
They are resident through much of their range in Europe and North Africa, but those in the far north migrate south in winter.
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Kites used to be common in the British Isles but were almost exterminated by the 20th century. They have since been successfully reintroduced to former areas.
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kites over the Chilterns, England. Wingspan is up to 180cm.
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Soaring and spotting prey (small rodents, rabbits, lizards, carrion) from high up.
Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite
Stooping to the ground at speed to take prey.
Red Kite with prey
Red Kite with prey
Red Kite with prey
Taking off with prey (carrion).
Red Kite
Red Kite The chicken impression.
Red Kite
Threats to kite populations include poisoning (deliberate and secondary), hunting/trapping, and deforestation/agricultural practices.