One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slender long-legged African bird of prey that feeds on snakes, having a crest likened to a quill pen stuck behind the ear.
Sagittarius serpentarius, the only member of the family Sagittariidae
- ‘Accipitridae is one of three families in the order Falconiformes, which also includes falcons and secretary birds.’
- ‘Or witness Annie Martin, killing kittens and feeding them to a secretary bird on her ostrich farm in South Africa.’
- ‘The birds are also in plenty: secretary birds, cranes, stork, vultures and ostriches.’
- ‘We stopped and scanned the horizon with binoculars, spotting a family of warthogs and a secretary bird.’
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