RED KITE

A common bird of prey in some areas of the UK, the Red Kite had been hunted to extinction in the UK, but now re-introduced and currently at 1,150 pairs in the UK.  The Red Kite has a reddish brown colour except for its grey head and yellow / black beak.  The underside of the wings when flying or soaring is again reddish brown, but with grey and black towards the end of the wings.  The Red Kite has a distinct inward curved forked tail which it uses to manoeuvre its self in the air.  This bird is a regular site over our house and we have had 7 soaring at once overhead, but the record number was the 150+ we saw at the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre in Wales where they are fed daily.

Length: 60-65cm (23½-26in)

Wingspan: 1.45-1.65m (4¾-5½ft)

Weight: 0.75-1.3kg (2¾-4½lb)

Average Life: 25 years

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