Saturday, February 8, 2014

Secretary Bird

Secretary Bird

The Secretarybird or Secretary Bird  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. Although a member of the order Accipitriformes, which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards, vultures, and harriers, it is given its own family, Sagittariidae.The Secretarybird is instantly recognizable as having an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to as much as 1.3 m  tall. This bird has an eagle-like head with a hooked bill, but has rounded wings. Body weight can range from 2.3 to 4.5 kg  and height is 90-130 cm . Total length from 112 to 152 cm and the wingspan is 191-220 cm The tarsus of the secretarybird averages 31 cm  and the tail is 57-85 cm both of which factor into making them both taller and longer than any other species of raptor.It appears on the coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa.

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