Supplementary feeding of the reintroduced Red Kite Milvus milvus in UK gardens

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2014
Authors:Orros, ME, Fellowes, MDE
Journal:Bird Study
Volume:61
Issue:2
Date Published:2014
ISBN Number:0006-3657
Keywords:Accipitridae, Columba, Columba palumbus, Columbidae, Milvus, Milvus milvus
Abstract:Capsule The provision of meat for garden birds is unusual in the UK but a reintroduced raptor, the Red Kite Milvus milvus, is now regularly fed in some areas. A questionnaire of garden kite feeders revealed that people were most often motivated to feed by a desire to see kites close up and that most provisioning falls within available guidelines. We estimated the median amount of food thought to be taken by kites per kite-feeding garden per day as 21?g, sufficient to support 0.12?0.26 individuals.Capsule The provision of meat for garden birds is unusual in the UK but a reintroduced raptor, the Red Kite Milvus milvus, is now regularly fed in some areas. A questionnaire of garden kite feeders revealed that people were most often motivated to feed by a desire to see kites close up and that most provisioning falls within available guidelines. We estimated the median amount of food thought to be taken by kites per kite-feeding garden per day as 21?g, sufficient to support 0.12?0.26 individuals.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2014.885491
Short Title:Bird Study
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