The Secretarybird has a bad-hair-day every day


The secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, sihteeri in Finnish) is a very large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Saharan region.

The secretarybird 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 (4.3 ft) tall.   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. Sexes look similar to one another as the species exhibits very little sexual dimorphism, although the male has longer head plumes and tail feathers. 

These pictures were taken in Kgalagadi National Park in South Africa.

Secretary - Sihteeri

 

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.

About Olli Laasanen

Eyes and ears open. New and old. Jobs and hobbies. Pictures and music. Entertaining and serious. Change and stability. Nature and urban.
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3 Responses to The Secretarybird has a bad-hair-day every day

  1. Wow! I have never seen anything like this bird before! My whole family, to whom I showed the photos, are aghast. The photos are superb, too. Could I please have your permission to post one of these photos to my Facebook page? If not, that is fine. They are exciting images!

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