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Species: M. milvus
Binomial name : Milvus milvus
The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium-large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as eagles, buzzards and harriers.
It is a European species which is resident in the milder parts of its range, but birds from northern and central Europe winter further south and west.
In the Middle Ages, Red Kites were much more widespread, their scavenging habits making them the refuse collectors of the day, but their numbers have much decreased through illegal persecution and poisoning. They will take small live prey as well as carrion, and will rob other birds.
In the United Kingdom, the breeding population eventually became restricted to Wales, but recently the Welsh population has been supplemented by re-introductions in England and Scotland.
The reintroductions in The Chilterns have been a particular success, with a now well-established strong population. The Kites are a common sight above the houses of the Buckinghamshire village of Stokenchurch and its surrounding area.
One of the best places to see the Red Kite is Skåne in southern Sweden: here it is very common and can be seen in large numbers.
The Red Kite is 61–72 cm long with a 140–165 cm wingspan. It is an elegant bird, soaring with long wings held at a dihedral, and long forked tail twisting as it changes direction.
The body, upper tail and wing coverts are rufous. The white primary flight feathers contrast with the black wing tips and dark secondaries. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have a buff breast and belly. The call is a thin piping, similar to but less mewling than Common Buzzard.
This species nests in trees, often close to other kites. In winter, many kites will roost together.
The Red Kite has been known to successfully hybridize with the Black Kite (unintendedly) in captivity where both species were kept together.
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- [2006-02-09 18:47]
On the dark side but beautiful.
Grat POB and BG.
A superb photo of this bird in flight, that is made much more dramatic and impressive by the soft light conditions that you have captured it in.
Excellent details, colors, pose, BG, POV, and composition.
Congratulations and thank you Huseyin!
Hi Huseyin ,
Very sharp picture ofThe Red Kite .
Good Depth of field.
Thanks for sharing.
- [2006-11-05 20:27]
¡Fantàstica! Una toma realmente espectacular, con mucha nitedez a pesar de lo oscuro del fondo. Buen encuadre. Muy buena la nota tambièn. ¡Felicitaciones!