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Black Kite Bird

Black Kite Bird

Shorter and somewhat smaller than the Red Kite, it is comparable in size to a female Marsh Harrier. Apart from plumage differences from that species, the Black Kite always cruises with the wings bowed and hanging heavy, as opposed to holding them up in a shallow 'V'...

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Red Kite Bird

Red Kite Bird

A large raptor with a distinctive flight silhouette, it has long, fairly narrow wings, held rather loosely in a slightly bowed fashion or with deep elastic wingbeats. Its tail, deeply forked, long auburn-red to buffy-brown with black corners...

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Buzzard bird

Buzzard bird

The commonest and most widespread medium-sized raptor in our region. In soaring flight it holds its broad wings pressed forward slightly in a shallow 'V', and the short broad tail is spread...

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Osprey Bird

Osprey Bird

A large raptor with unique plumage and a distinctive silhouette. It has a slim body, shortish tail and long wings that are cranked at the carpal, which is pushed forwards. When soaring, the...

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Kestrel Bird

Kestrel Bird

A medium-small falcon with a long tail and wings, and the only falcon to habitually hover. It fans the tail while doing so, angling the body at 45 degrees as it scans the ground for prey. In level flight it flaps rapidly and rather weakly...

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Peregrine Bird

Peregrine Bird

A powerful medium-large falcon, very adept in the air and agile in flight. While there are subtle sexual plumage differences, a greater difference is the size, the female being 15 per cent larger and up to 40 per cent heavier than the male...

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