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CLASS – AVES, Order – ACCIPITRIFORMES, Family – Sagittariidae – Secretarybird
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
“Its common name is popularly thought to derive from the crest of long quill-like feathers, lending the bird the appearance of a secretary with quill pens tucked behind his or her ear, as was once common practice.” From Wikipedia
There is only one bird in the Sagittariidae family. All the photos will be posted here. Also here is a link to a nice video that shows two birds and the surrounding habitat. CLICK HERE
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The Secretarybird or Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara. 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.
It appears on the coats of arms of Sudan and South Africa. (Wikipedia with editing)
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