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SECRETARY BIRD - by requestSagittarius serpentarius©San Diego Shooter 
Head of an eagle, body of a stork, Secretary Birds are also known as “serpent eagles” - these highly  skilled birds of prey are also famous as snake killers, which are part of their natural diet. They  may  use beak, wings and feet to kill a large snake; and they use their wings  wings as shields to keep from being bitten.   They can run so fast that  they are sometimes referred to as  “the devil’s horse.”
Why “Secretary” Bird? There are a couple of potential origins of its name. One explanation was   that the  crest of long feathers at the back of its  head resemble the quill pens that 19th century clerks stuck in their  wigs. But recent findings indicate that  its name was derived from the  Arabic “saqr-et-tair”, meaning hunter-bird, which also translates into  French as “secretaire”
Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara.
The Secretary Bird is instantly recognizable as having an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which   increases the bird’s height to around 1.3 m (4 ft) tall. This 140 cm (4.5 ft)   long bird has an eagle-like  head with a hooked bill, but has rounded   wings. Body weight    averages at about 3.3 kg (7.3 lbs) and the wingspan is over 2 m  (6.6 ft).
The Secretary Bird enjoys a certain fame   in Africa, specifically  Sudan and South Africa, where it serves as a prominent Emblem on both  countries’ Coat of Arms.
Source & More photos: http://www.avianweb.com/secretarybirds.html
Other posts:
Crested Cara Cara
Egyptian Vulture
Saddle-billed Stork

SECRETARY BIRD - by request
Sagittarius serpentarius
©
San Diego Shooter 

Head of an eagle, body of a stork, Secretary Birds are also known as “serpent eagles” - these highly skilled birds of prey are also famous as snake killers, which are part of their natural diet. They may use beak, wings and feet to kill a large snake; and they use their wings wings as shields to keep from being bitten. They can run so fast that they are sometimes referred to as “the devil’s horse.”

Why “Secretary” Bird?
There are a couple of potential origins of its name. One explanation was that the crest of long feathers at the back of its head resemble the quill pens that 19th century clerks stuck in their wigs. But recent findings indicate that its name was derived from the Arabic “saqr-et-tair”, meaning hunter-bird, which also translates into French as “secretaire”

Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara.

The Secretary Bird is instantly recognizable as having an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to around 1.3 m (4 ft) tall. This 140 cm (4.5 ft) long bird has an eagle-like head with a hooked bill, but has rounded wings. Body weight averages at about 3.3 kg (7.3 lbs) and the wingspan is over 2 m (6.6 ft).

The Secretary Bird enjoys a certain fame in Africa, specifically Sudan and South Africa, where it serves as a prominent Emblem on both countries’ Coat of Arms.

Source & More photos: http://www.avianweb.com/secretarybirds.html

Other posts:

Crested Cara Cara

Egyptian Vulture

Saddle-billed Stork

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