Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52432

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Sagittariidae
Genus:Sagittarius
Genus species:Sagittarius serpentarius

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:150 cm
Height:101 cm
Weight:3-4 kg
Identification:The secretary bird is light gray with black wingtips, tail, and thighs. The head has a crest of long feathers, the legs and tail are long, and the facial skin is red and yellow.
Habitat:Open grasslands
Diet:Carnivore: small mammals, insects, birds, eggs, reptiles
Reproduction:Secretary birds form life-long breeding pairs. They build their nests at the tops of trees. Two to three eggs are incubated for 45 days.
Secretary birds are either solitary or found with a mate.
Behavior:Secretary birds kill their prey by stomping on it with their long legs.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The only sound made by secretary birds is a croaking noise during mating displays.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1978-12 Subjects:Secretary bird
hawk-like bird
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52432