Birds of Prey
Red Kite – Half Size
Sculptor – Andrew Glasby
Edition of 20
The reintroduction of the red kite in England and Scotland has been one of the major conservation success stories of the last 20 years. In the early 1930s, only two breeding pairs of red kites were known to survive in the british Isles, both in central Wales.
Kites hunt on the wing, soaring and circling over open ground. They are mainly carrion eaters but are quite capable of killing small mammals and birds.
Red kites are distinctive because of their forked tail and striking colour – predominantly chestnut read with white patches under the wings and a pale grey head.
They have a wingspan of nearly two metres (above five and a half feet), but a relatively small body weight of 2-3 lbs. This means the bird is incredibly agile and can stay in the air for many hours with hardly a beat of its wings.