If you’ve ever taken some time to watch birds as a hobby, you realize that there are many of them in your local area. Of course, most of us only ever really scratch the surface of all of the different birds that are out there, estimated by some to be up to 10,000 species.
At first glance, some birds are going to appear to be just like any other but when you take a closer look, you end up seeing that each has its own personality, as well as its own physical beauty.
With 10,000 different birds to name, it’s little wonder that there are times when scientists chose something a little out of the ordinary. That is what brings us to the secretary bird.
Although it may be somewhat of a stereotype, these beautiful birds have many of the same characteristics you would find on a secretary at a corporate office. In fact, many women would be quite satisfied to have the eyelashes these birds have naturally.
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When Dutch settlers in Africa first saw the bird in 1769, they named it Sagittarius. The locals in the area were more than happy to adopt that name, but they couldn’t quite pronounce it so they kept calling those birds Secretarius. It was just a short hop over to calling them a secretary bird.
Secretary birds tend to feast on snakes and other small critters that are found in the tall grass. They walk along the area and when they see something, they stomp on it until it is dead.
These birds are not just capable of wiping out small reptiles, some people claim to have seen them take down a gazelle or a cheetah!
Unfortunately, their numbers are declining, but efforts are underway to ensure that the secretary bird is going to be around for a very long time.Whizzco