Know Your Birds Of Prey

Date: 30th October 2017
Categories: Industry News, Barrettine


Know Your Birds Of Prey

Red Kite Milvus Milvus

 Red Kite: Milvus milvus


Family: Hawk & Eagle
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
Habitat: Woodlands to wetlands. Hilly country with open grasslands 

Diet: carrion, rabbits, young hares, voles, field mice, birds & worms


Appearance: Yellow Eyes black, chestnut, grey and reddish-brown long narrow black tipped wings with white patches underneath its body. A long forked Tail. Sharp hooked beak.

Average body length: 60cm
Average Wingspan: 170cm
Average weight: 1 - 1.4 Kg

Extra Info: illegal use of poisoned baits, not set specifically for red kite, continues to be a major threat. Red kites are protected. Distinctive high pitch mewing sound. Red Kites were heavily persecuted to near extinction, careful protection has brought breeding numbers to a less endangered level.

Barn owl

 Barn Owl: Tyto alba


Conservation Status: Least Concern
Family: Owl
Habitat: Open Countryside, field and riverbanks
Diet: Mice, Voles, Shrews

Appearance: Heart shaped face, head can rotate 180 degrees each way. White feathers underneath, brown grey on top. Long Sharp talons. Short but powerful curved beak 


Average body length: 250mm
Average Wingspan: 850 mm
Average Weight: 430 -620 g

Extra Info: Can fly almost sliently due to large wings and very soft feathers. It was discovered that it was cheaper to install nest boxes as a pest deterrent than conventional rodenticides in certain rural farming areas. Barn owls screech, Tawny owls hoot. Has extremely acute hearing.


Kestrel: Falco tinnunculus

 Kestrel: Falco tinnunculus


Family: Falcon
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Moor & Heaths, Urban Areas
Diet: Small mammals, lizards & large insects

Appearance: They are a lighter chesnut brown colour complete with black speckled spots on their underside. Tail is brown with black bars down them with a black tip. Smaller than typical birds of prey. 


Average body length: 32-38 cm
Average Wingspan: 65 - 82 cm
Average Weight: 110-150 g

Extra Info: Mainly noticed by typical hovering behavior around 10-20m high. Kestrals eyes are ultra violet sensitive which allows them to see vole trails and follow scent marks.


Buzzard: Buteo buteo

 Buzzard: Buteo buteo


Family: Buzzard/Hawk
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Habitat: Edge of Woodlands and open land, moorland, marshland
Diet: pheasant, rabbit, small mammals to medium mammals, snakes and lizards, Worms & insects, Carrion

Appearance: Plumage varies from Dark Brown to near black with lighter streaks on their underside. Black tipped short stubbed tail. Large broad wings. Rounded head. Underparts are lighter than upper. Females are slightly larger than males.

Average body length: 40 - 58 cm
Average Wingspan: 0.5 - 1.4 m
Average Weight: 450- 1400 g

Extra Info: UK’s most common bird of prey, flies in a high circular pattern searching for prey. Makes a mewing ‘Pee yoo’ Sound. Partakes in aerial displays during mating season.

  • Red Kite At Rest
  • Red Kite In Flight
  • Barn Owl In Flight
  • Barn Owl At Rest
  • Kestrel In Flight
  • Kestrel At Rest
  • Buzzard At Rest
  • Buzzard In Flight

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