Secretary Bird – Fabulous and Deadly

The name comes from the resemblance to the secretary with quill pen tucked behind ear common in the 18th century. The secretary bird (Sagittarius Serpentarius) is a large bird of prey from Africa. As you can see below, many photos are by Brian Connolly who has been a nature photographer for the past 10 years. “From what I’ve seen, the secretary bird is truly unique. They hunt snakes on the ground by stomping them with their dinosaur-looking legs and talons,” shares Connolly. So what makes these birds so darn beautiful? Well, just look at their fabulous long eyelashes. But behind their deceiving beauty, they are vicious predators, mostly hunting on foot. They can travel 18 miles (30km) in a day, searching for food. As for hunting, their parents teach them everything when they’re young on their family hunting trips. Lovely. Secretary birds are around 4.5 feet (1.35m) tall, weighing 7.3 pounds (3.3 kg), with a wingspan of 6.5 feet (2 m). When hungry, they will consume lizards, rodents, bird eggs, amphibians, and snakes – even cobras! They live in areas with short grass for better hunting. Their nests are large and formed in Acacia trees or thorn trees. Majestic, powerful and gorgeous, secretary birds can be found even on the emblem of Sudan, and the coat of arms of South Africa.

4.5 feet (1.35m) tall, 7.3 pounds (3.3 kg), wingspan of 6.5 feet (2 m), and stunning eyelashes


Source: Rudi Luyten

They hunt on foot killing lizards, rodents, and snakes – even cobras!


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Source: Keven Law

They live in Africa in areas with short grass for easier hunting


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Source: Rudi Luyten


Source: Brian Connolly


Source: Brian Connolly

They could travel over 18 miles (30km) in a day, hunting for food


Source: Brian Connolly


Source: Brian Connolly

They’re on the emblem of Sudan, and the coat of arms of South Africa


Source: Brian Connolly


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