Secretary Bird

Category: Sense of Place

 

Photo and caption by Yong Wah Sim

The Secretary Bird is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey, endemic to Africa. Having an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to as much as 1.3 m. tall. Secretary Birds hunts in open grasslands and savannas. While the birds roost on the local Acacia trees at night. The Secretary Bird is largely terrestrial, hunting its prey on foot, stalking through the habitat with long strides. looking for insects, and small mammals. Prey is often discovered by the secretarybirds via stomping on clumps on vegetation, which then flushes prey for them to capture.

Location: Botswana

 

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