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Macky

Joined November 2007

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Secretary Bird – Sagittarius serpentarius

Western Cape, South Africa

These birds are basically terrestrial, taking to flight only when hard-pressed. Usually only single birds are found, with members of a pair some distance apart.

The Secretary bird walks well on extremely long legs, and a bird may plod up to twenty miles in a day. When pursued, it relies on its speed to escape.

It finds most of its food on the ground and has a partiality for snakes. It grabs the snake with its strong toes and beats it to death on the ground, while protecting itself from bites with its large wings. Finally, it seizes its prey and hurls it into the air several times to stun it.

In addition to finding food with its beak, the Secretary bird will also stamp on grass tussocks with its feet to scare up lizards, grasshoppers, and small mammals or birds.

Artwork Comments

  • Carisma
  • Maree Clarkson
  • mollymum
  • jesika
  • Rick Montgomery
  • Magriet Meintjes
  • Kimberly Chadwick
  • AndreaEL
  • EvaAn68
  • TeresaB
  • Macky
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