The red kite is one of our most beautiful birds of prey, there are a number of strongholds here in Scotland where breeding programmes and feeding stations have been set up very successfully and kite numbers have risen steadily over the years
Red kites are easily identified by their large size with a wingspan of almost 2m, reddish-brown colourings and deeply forked tail.
A successful re-introduction programme has resulted in the birds becoming increasingly common in the Black Isle (near Inverness) and the Trossachs near Doun and Laurieston in Dumfries and Galloway.
Kites feed on predominantly on carrion, although will also take small mammals and worms. They are often seen hovering near roadsides looking for road kill