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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Red Kite



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Red Kite

Mivus milvus


  • Red Kite
  • Mivus milvus
  • UK: 431 pairs (Summer)
  • UK: AMBER LIST. Resident/Re-Introduced Breeder, Passage Visitor
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeding: Mostly resident throughout Europe & NW Africa
  • Northernmost populations are partly migratory
  • Habitat: Grazing land, forest, open woodland
  • Diet: Scavenger on carrion, scraps, will take small live prey
  • Max recorded age 25yr 8m


The Red Kite was once common in London where it scavenged for scraps, and old rags for nest-building.

The the BTO Migration Atlas has these notes:

1) The nominate race has a European range which includes the UK, and the Northernmost populations are partly migratory.

2) Naturalised populations in northern Scotland disperse predominantly in a southerly or south-westerly direction prior to their first winter (and return the following spring) with exceptions - one was found in Iceland...

3) Dispersing 1st years from the more sedentary populations in England (late summer/autumn) show no directional preference and dispersed up to 272km.



Red Kite records in the Western Isles

Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC


The chart below shows how abundant the Red Kite is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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