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2009-06-13 06:36:49

Police in Scotland are hunting for the killer who left poisoned bait consumed by a red kite, a bird of prey that almost became extinct decades ago. The bird's carcass was found June 2 near Galashiels in the Borders region, The Scotsman reported Saturday. The investigation is being conducted jointly by Borders and Lothian Police and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Red kites, once common in the British Isles, were near extinction by the 1980s, with only 15 pairs, all of them in...


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2006-02-28 19:17:11

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans) is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is widespread throughout the temperate and tropical parts of the Old World (including Europe, Asia, Japan, and all of Africa except the Congo Basin and the Sahara Desert), and Australasia. The only part of this region that it is not found in is the island region between the South East Asian mainland and the Wallace Line. European and central Asian birds (races M. m. milvus and M. m. lineatus) are...

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2006-02-28 18:14:02

The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is a medium to large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is a European species found in the milder parts of its range, but birds from northern and central Europe winter further south and west. During the Middle Ages, this bird was more widespread than it is now. Their scavenging habits made them the refuse collectors of the day. Their numbers have now decreased due to illegal persecution and poisoning. Rumors spread amongst the farming community that...

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2006-02-28 18:06:24

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus) is a medium-sized, attractive bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This kite can be found in India and southeast Asia, even as far as tropical north Australia, where it is widespread. Its flight is typical, with wings angled, but its tail is rounded unlike the Milvus species, Red Kite and Black Kite, which have forked tails. The Brahminy Kite has chestnut plumage except for the white head and breast and black wing tips. Immature birds are...

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2006-02-27 15:54:07

The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It prefers mainly open land and semi-deserts in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, but it also has a foothold in Europe in Spain. It prefers its prey live and will take small mammals, birds and insects. The slow hunting flight is like that of a harrier, but it can and will hover like a Kestrel. This unmistakable bird has a white head with a black "mask", and white underparts except for...

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2006-02-27 15:20:53

PHOTO CAPTION: White-tailed Kite Kites are raptors with long wings and weak legs. They spend a great deal of time soaring. They will take live prey but mostly prefer to feed on carrion. They are birds of prey which along with hawks, eagles, Old World vultures and many others are in the family Accipitridae. Together with less closely related groups such as New World vultures and Osprey, they make up the diurnal bird of prey order Falconiformes. Species list Subfamily Elaninae...

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