Black Kites (Milvus migrans) are opportunistic hunters, using the thermals and easily changing direction to swoop down (or up) with their legs to snatch live small prey. And thanks to the brilliant display team at the Hawk Conservancy in Hampshire you get to see them demonstrate their acrobatic feeding skills with incredible effect.
Black Kites are not native to the UK, but will be seen throughout the rest of the world. Our native kites are the Red Kites (Milvus milvus), which were saved from extinction thanks to a very successful and long running protection programme. Read more here.