Red Kite

Scientific name: Milvus milvus

Did you know: Red Kites are known for their impressive aerial agility and their ability to soar gracefully in the sky!

What Do Red Kites Look Like? (how to identify them)

Red Kites are splendid birds of prey with a unique reddish-brown body, angled wings, and a deeply forked tail. They’re easily recognised by their soaring flight and distinctive colouration.

Differences Between Male And Female Red Kites

Males and females are similar in appearance, but males tend to be slightly larger. Both genders exhibit the same striking plumage.

What Do Red Kites Eat?

Red Kites are opportunistic feeders, mainly dining on carrion and worms. They also occasionally hunt small mammals, showcasing their adaptability in various environments.

Where Do Red Kites Live? (inc. migration info)

Once on the brink of national extinction, Red Kites have been successfully reintroduced to England and Scotland. They are typically found in woodland, upland, and even urban and suburban areas, adapting well to different habitats.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Red Kites)

Red Kites have a high-pitched, whistling call. Their vocalisations are an integral part of their presence in the UK’s skies, adding an auditory charm to their visual spectacle.

Fun Red Kite Facts (kid friendly)

  • Red Kites can fly up to speeds of 70 miles per hour.
  • They have a wingspan of about 175-195 cm.
  • These birds were once a common sight in mediaeval London.
  • Red Kites are known to incorporate shiny objects into their nests.
  • They were saved from extinction by one of the world’s longest-running protection programs.
  • Red Kites can live up to 25 years in the wild.
  • They are known for their remarkable ability to glide effortlessly in the air.
  • Red Kites are sometimes fed in domestic gardens in the UK.
  • The Red Kite population has grown to an estimated 4,600 pairs in the UK.
  • These birds are a symbol of successful wildlife conservation efforts.

Red Kite Images

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Red Kite

Diet: Mainly carrion and worms, but opportunistic and will occasionally take small mammals.
Bird Family: Kites, hawks and eagles
Length: 60-66cm
Wingspan: 175-195cm
Weight: 800-1,300g
Scientific Name: Milvus milvus

The Red Kite Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December