The Red Kite

The Red Kite is found throughout Europe and northern Africa.  They are resident in the milder regions, but birds from further north move south in the winter.  In the UK, the populations became restricted to two locations at the beginning of the 20th century, but reintroductions and general encouragement have now made them widespread throughout the UK.  They prey mostly on small mammals, such as mice, shrews, hares, and rabbits, but also takes reptiles, amphibians, and earthworms.  They will also take carrion which has made them susceptible to poisoned bait put down, illegally, for foxes.  They are slightly larger than black kites with a wingspan up to 1.8 metres and weighing up to 1.3 kg.