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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
This magnificently graceful bird of prey is unmistakable with its reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. It was saved from national extinction by one of the world's longest running protection programmes, and has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland. It is an Amber List species because of its historical decline.
Hawks and eagles (Accipitridae)
At one time confined to Wales, a reintroduction scheme has brought them back to many parts of England and Scotland. Central Wales, central England - especially the Chilterns, central Scotland - at Argaty, and along the Galloway Kite Trail are the best areas to find them.
All year round.
Mainly carrion and worms, but opportunistic and will occasionally take small mammals.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Jens Kirkeby, Xeno-canto
For the past 30 years, the EU Nature Directives have provided the highest level of protection for the now-thriving red kite – helping save it from extinction.But European leaders are considering rolling back decades of progress by weakening the Directives, instantly putting the future of this amazing bird at risk.Visit our Defend Nature page to find out the latest on our campaign to prevent these laws from being weakened.
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