The diet of a Red Kite

Just how important is supplementary food to the success of the Red Kite reintroduction?

Arron Watson

Red kites are predominantly opportunists and scavengers but those two activities can mean having a totally different diet depending on where they live. A red kite which lives in the isolated highlands of Scotland may only be able to scavenger on dead rabbits, pheasants and opportunities of stealing the offspring of birds, such as magpies and crows. Whereas, a red kite that lives in the Chilterns (Berkshire) will have access to urban areas of High Wycombe and Reading, which may offer a different menu than what would be on offer in areas where there is less human waste.

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