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Red Kite
Milvus milvus

Map of the common names


Medium-sized raptor (L 60 cm), bigger and paler than Black Kite (M. migrans) with deeply forked tail. In the breeding season, the species inhabits woodlands near watercourses or mountains areas with clumps of trees. In winter occurs in open terrains and often gathers in flocks to roost together. Lives on small rodents, carrion, reptiles and fish. Partial migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The Red Kite world range is restricted practically to Europe. Outside the EU, the species is confined to very located sites in east Europe and in south-east Russia. Human persecution, hunting, poisoning and deterioration of habitats are the main threats. Collision with, and electrocution by, powerlines is a less important problem.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 17,000 / 30,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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