secretary bird

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English[edit]

geographic distribution of the secretary bird
Secretary Bird

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Etymology[edit]

Probably so named because its crest of long feathers resembles quill pens stuck behind the ears of an office clerk. Alternatively, possibly from Arabic صقر الطير (ṣaqr at-ṭāʾir, hunter bird), from صَقْر (ṣaqr, falcon, hawk) طائر (ṭāʾir, bird).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛkɹə,tɛɹɪ bɜːd/

Noun[edit]

secretary bird (plural secretary birds)

  1. A large terrestrial bird of prey, Sagittarius serpentarius, native to Africa with very long legs that preys on reptiles, especially snakes.

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