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Red Kite

(Milvus milvus)
German name(s): "Roter Milan", "Rotmilan", "Gabelweihe", "Königsweihe"
Size: 61-72 cm; wing span 1.4-1.8 m
Weight: 0.8-1.2 kg (male); 1.0-1.3 kg (female)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red Kite at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "milvus"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-lateral/ventral view of a Red Kite in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Lateral view onto the upperparts of a Red Kite in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2017]

Lateral/ventral view of a Red Kite in flight; note the characteristic deep-rufous underparts, in particular the vent, and the long, slender, forked tail (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Direct comparison between a Black Kite, left, and a Red Kite, right; we have attempted to show the birds in the same posture, on the same scale - click on either photo to view a larger version (photos courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral/ventral view of an immature Red Kite in flight; this bird still has the pale vent and prominent white wing panels of a juvenile, while the body is starting to adopt adult colours (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2017]

Ventral view of a juvenile Red Kite in flight; note the heavily streaked front and the pale colours, in particular of the vent
(photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2018]

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