The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), is a huge bird, 55" (140cm) and only found in Africa - and throughout Kenya particularly. It is adapted to a pedestrian mode of life, but does fly, particularly to roost on top of trees or tall bushes. It is tall and elegant, often seen walking through long grass, in search of prey; travelling around 12 miles a day.
The black plumes at the back of its head may resemble a secretary's quill (pen), but the bird's name is actually a corruption of 'saqr-et-tair', an Arabic-based word, meaning 'hunter-bird'.
A raptorial bill is used for dispatching live prey, along with its long, pink legs with knee-length trousers, which are used to club and tackle dangerous snakes, such as Puff Adder and Cobra. They eat other reptiles, as well as small birds and mammals. Typically, they kill their prey by stamping on it, with a kick that could break human bones & use the same technique to flush out animals hiding in long grass.
Strangely, over 30 countries have issued stamps featuring this long-legged bird - many of which have never been part of its habitat.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:bird, kenya, secretary bird, wildlife

Secretary Bird ~ & Twigs

Secretary Bird, twigs in beak, nest-building.

Secretary Bird ~ Eating

Secretary Bird eating insect, kenya.

Secretary Bird ~ Catching

Secretary Bird catching insect, Kenya.

Secretary Bird ~ Drinking

Secretary Bird ~ Drinking

Secretary Bird ~ With Lizard, Landscape

Secretary Bird ~ With Lizard, Landscape

Secretary Bird ~ With Lizard, Portrait

Secretary Bird ~ With Lizard, Portrait