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1. Field Characters & Identification
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| Field Characters & Identification|
Latin Name:- Milvus milvus.
Length:- 60 - 66cm.
Habitat:- Likes deciduous woodland with farmland and grassland nearby.
Wintering:- Similar to breeding habitats but winter communal roosts are often established in woods.
Behaviour:- Will perch in the open. Takes off from vegetation and ground.
Food:- Carrion, worms, insects, amphibians and small mammals. Will also feed on food scraps
Flocking:- a gregarious bird which may congregate around food sources and at communal roosts..
Flight:-A gliding bird, graceful , powered flight is lethargic, with slow wing beats often found in flight in windy weather..
Voice:- whistling calls.
Life span:- 15 to 20 years. The oldest record in the UK is 26 years.
Similar species:- Marsh harrier, Buzzard.
Breast:- Reddish brown, streaked.
Belly:- Reddish brown, streaked.
Upperparts:- Reddish brown.
Rump:- Reddish brown.
Wings upper:- Reddish brown, with black edges.
Wings Lower:- Redddish brown, with white tips and black edges.
Tail:- Reddish brown, long and forked .
Bill:- Yellow, hooked.
Legs:- Yellow, medium length.