en Red kite
Red kites are 60 to 70 cm long, with a 175–179 cm wingspan. It is an elegant bird, often soaring on long wings held at a dihedral angle, and long forked tail twisting as it changes direction.
They inhabit broadleaf woodlands, valleys and wetland edges, to 800 metres, and are endemic to the western Palearctic, with the European population of 19,000–25,000 pairs encompassing 95% of its global breeding range.
The three largest populations (in Germany, France and Spain, which together hold more than 75% of the global population) declined between 1990 and 2000, and overall the species declined by almost 20% over the ten-year period. The main threats to red kites are poisoning, through illegal direct poisoning and indirect poisoning from pesticides, particularly in the wintering ranges in France and Spain, and changes in agricultural practices causing a reduction in food resources. (source: Wikipedia)