Red Kite


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JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
THREAT CATEGORY
CNEA CAEA LRAE LRVA
EN EN EN CR
WHERE TO SEE IT
HUELVA SEVILLA C脫RDOBA JA脡N
H-1 SE-1 CO-1 J-1
H-2 SE-2 CO-2 J-2
H-3 SE-3 CO-3 J-3
H-4 SE-4 CO-4 J-4
H-5 SE-5 CO-5 J-5
H-6 SE-6 CO-6 J-6
H-7 SE-7 CO-7 J-7
H-8 SE-8 CO-8 J-8
H-9 SE-9 CO-9 J-9
H-10 SE-10 CO-10 J-10
H-11 SE-11 CO-11 J-11
H-12 SE-12 CO-12 J-12
H-13 SE-13 CO-13 J-13
H-14 SE-14 CO-14 J-14
H-15 SE-15 CO-15 J-15
H-16
H-17
STATUS
Winter visitor, with some summering birds. 

ABUNDANCE
Common in winter (in normal years there would be at least 300 birds roosting or feeding in the area) and very rare as breeder (3-4 pairs).

HABITAT
Usually seen in areas with few trees, such as pastureland and dehesas, though may sometimes overfly denser woodland. Nests in Cork-Oak woods, dehesas and open plains; roosts in copses of Eucalyptus or Black Poplars, Sweet-Chestnut woods and Pyrenean-Oak woods.

SEASONAL BEHAVIOUR
The first Red Kites from abroad arrive in mid October and become widespread by November; they leave between February and early April. 

DISTRIBUTION
Much more frequent in the western half; abundant winter visitor in Huelva and much of Seville whereas rare in C贸rdoba and Ja茅n and clusters in some southern campi帽a areas. Breeds only in Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche (2-3 pairs) and Sierra Morena Sevillana (1 pair).

COMMENTS
Though modest the Sierra Morena population is the second biggest in Andalusia after Do帽ana.

THREATS
This carrion eater is, together with the Imperial Eagle, the only local breeding bird listed as In Danger of Extinction. Numbers have plunged in recent years due to poisoned bait, power-line electrocution and shooting.