Sagittarius serpentarius

Secretarybird, Sagittarius serpentarius © by Michael Plagens.

Nairobi National Park, Kenya. 14 October 2016.

From Wikipedia: The secretary bird is instantly recognizable as a very large bird with an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to as much as 1.3 m. This bird has an eagle-like head with a hooked bill, but has rounded wings. 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. From a distance or in flight it resembles a crane more than a bird of prey. The tail has two elongated central feathers that extend beyond the feet during flight, as well as long flat plumage creating a posterior crest.

Sagittaridae -- Own Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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