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Secretary Bird

Sagittarius serpentarius

Description:

Huge bird "taller" than 1 metre. Although it is called secretary, it is not gentle at all! from "serpentarius", you could know it mainly feeds on snakes, & sometimes mice, lizards, bird eggs, etc. Instead of pecking around, it stamps on the prey to stop its motion and pick it up & drop on the ground hard. What a violent bird @@

Habitat:

Savanna & grassland

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20 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Fun fact! Secretary birds have a unique method of dispatching their prey: These large birds of sub-Saharan Africa hunt snakes, literally stomping them to death!

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MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wow!!

Jeannette
Jeannette 10 years ago

Beautiful, congratulations :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

A worthy selection. Congratulations!

Ning
Ning 10 years ago

Thank you so much >3<
Hope you all have great spotting & encounter the beauty of nature everyday =]

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Outstanding pic! Congratulations!

Atul
Atul 10 years ago

lovely spotting , congrats!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations Ning, very nice capture,

Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 10 years ago

Congratulations, totally deserved... Amazingly beautiful bird

williefromwi
williefromwi 10 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD award.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Ning!
Wonderful shot!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 10 years ago

Fantastic picture and congrats with Spotting of the Day!

michelle.eis
michelle.eis 10 years ago

Perfect timing on the shot. Awesome bird.

Yasser
Yasser 10 years ago

Congrats Ning! This stunning shot has been selected as Spotting of the Day!

"The Secretary Bird is instantly recognizable as having an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to as much as 1.3 m (4 ft) tall!"

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DoinaRussu
DoinaRussu 10 years ago

so nice posture! my compliments!

harsuame
harsuame 10 years ago

Espectacular muy bello

1Sarah2
1Sarah2 10 years ago

What a lovely crest! It must be great to watch when the wind blows!

Carolina
Carolina 11 years ago

Haha Ning, I totally loved your description. And what a beautiful bird.

ToriMiller
ToriMiller 11 years ago

Great shot!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Awesome photo! Perfect timing!

Ning
Spotted by
Ning

Kenya

Spotted on Aug 9, 2010
Submitted on May 1, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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