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. It has now been successfully re-introduced to England and Scotland. Red kites are listed under Schedule 1 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act.
What they eat:
Mainly carrion and worms, but opportunistic and will occasionally take small mammals.
- UK breeding:
- 1,600 pairs