Red kite (Milvus milvus)

A species of bird of prey with relatively easy-to-recognize rusty-brown plumage. It has a slender body and a long, deeply forked tail. When flying, it arranges the wings in the shape of the letter “M”. The red kite inhabits forests, meadows and ponds. It builds its nests on the edges of forests, sometimes in the immediate vicinity of the gray heron. The lining of the nest is very distinctive because it consists of materials such as rags, paper, foil, or strings. Its food consists of small mammals, birds, fish, insects, and sometimes leftover collected in landfills. An important part of the diet of this species is also carrion, the birds are often seen looking for food on busy roads, i.e. for dead animals killed by vehicles.

Confusing words

predation – involves catching, killing and eating the prey; a bird adapted to such a diet has sharp claws and a strong curved beak