Red kite

Red kites are easily identified by their large size (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.

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.

Can be seen throughout the year.

Distribution: Black Isle (near Inverness), the Trossachs.and Dumfries and Galloway.