(Milvus migrans)

'Delta' hatched in 2008 and is currently a flying bird at the centre. He is flown on experience days at the centre. 

In the wild

Origin: Very widespread: Africa (including Madagscar, except Sahara) Europe (most countries, except UK), Asia (except desert of western China and far north of Russia) and Australasia (including some Indonesian islands).

Diet: Varies seasonally, regionally and individually. Readily eats carrion and scavenges at scraps and rubbish especially at landfill sites. Also takes live prey: small mammals, small birds and their young and insects, ocassionally: snakes, lizards, amphibians and fish.

Habitat: Very varied, mostly in lowland and foothill areas, including wetlands, river edges, estuaries and coasts, villages, towns and regionally big cities, also cultivation, savannah and woodland. Not in dense forest or desert.

The Black Kite is still believed to be the most common raptor in the world. It has suffered in recent years, especially in Europe, parts of Asia and Mediterranean area, due to carcass poisoning, agricultural pesticides, water pollution and centuries of shooting.

European and Asian Black Kites migrate south in the winter and large numbers are recorded at crossing points over the seas, especailly Gibralter, Arhavi (Turkey) and Eliat (Israel)

The Red Kite has been reintroduced in England and Scotland following extinction due to persecution. The releases have been very succesful and they are now slowly spreading to many new areas.

SPECIES FACTFILE

LENGTH: 46-66cm

WINGSPAN: 120-153cm

WEIGHT: 650-1100g

EGGS IN CLUTCH: 2-3

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