Definition of secretary bird in English:

secretary bird


  • A slender long-legged African bird of prey that feeds on snakes, having a crest likened to a quill pen stuck behind the ear.

    • ‘We stopped and scanned the horizon with binoculars, spotting a family of warthogs and a secretary bird.’
    • ‘The birds are also in plenty: secretary birds, cranes, stork, vultures and ostriches.’
    • ‘Or witness Annie Martin, killing kittens and feeding them to a secretary bird on her ostrich farm in South Africa.’
    • ‘Accipitridae is one of three families in the order Falconiformes, which also includes falcons and secretary birds.’


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