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My favorite secretary #2

A secretary bird at Burger's Zoo, Arnhem, the Netherlands. Just love the chaotic look of this bird! But don't let it's name & looks fool you: it is a bird of prey!

 

Two other pictures of the same bird can be found and here and here.

 

The name probably refers to the fact that office clercs used the black feathers on the head of the bird forwriting, or, according to another story, because clercs used to put their pencil behind their ear. The latin name (sagittarius serpentarius) indicates one of the food sources of this amazing bird: snakes. A secretary bird can swallow an entire snake in one 'bite' (after trampling the snake with its feet).

 

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Taken on September 15, 2010