Red Kite Information & FAQ's


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Frequently Asked Questions

At a Glance - basic facts and figures about kites More...

1. A Brief History

The red kite disappeared from the skies in England and Scotland at the end of the nineteenth century. More...

2. Taxonomy, Description, Plumage and Moult

The Red Kite Milvus milvus is a large graceful bird of prey. More...

3. Artificial Feeding & Diet

The kite will adapt its diet according to local conditions - it is an opportunistic feeder and a scavenger - feeding mainly on carrion. More...

4. The Breeding Season, Nests and Chicks

The breeding season - the nest and the chicks. The Red Kite will normally begin to breed during its second and sometimes third year. More...

5. Social Behaviour

The red kite is a gregarious bird, often seen in large groups in the Chilterns. More...

6. Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo

The common buzzard is often seen in areas where Red Kites are present. More...

6a. Black Kite - Milvus migrans

The black kite is a close relative of the red kite More...

7. References

For further reading and information about the Red Kite and other birds of prey... More...