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Sagittarius serpentarius


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.[9] Body weight averages at about 3.3 kg (7.3 lbs) and the wingspan is over 2 m (6.6 ft).[10] Due to its long legs and long tail, it is both longer and taller than any other diurnal raptor.[11] The neck is not especially long, and can only be lowered down to the inter-tarsal joint, so birds reaching down to the ground or drinking must stoop to do so.


The Secretary Bird is the national emblem of Sudan as well as a prominent feature on the Coat of arms of South Africa.

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Hi Neil - really great shot, loved it. I stumbled upon your spottings by chance, and took some liberty to include this one in few relevant missions. Hope you don't mind my intervention. Cheers

animaisfotos 11 years ago

wow. Beautiful bird. Amazing capture. Thanks for sharing.

CynthiaMHori 11 years ago

really great photo

Yasser 11 years ago

What a remarkable raptor. I've always wanted to see one in its native environment. Beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing!

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Oshikoto Region, Namibia

Spotted on Jun 27, 2008
Submitted on Feb 24, 2011

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