Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) - HBW 2, p. 215
French: Messager serpentaire
Taxonomy: Falco serpentarius J. F. Miller, 1779, Cape of Good Hope.
Shows most morphological, behavioural and molecular affinities with Falconiformes, especially Accipitridae. Also some behavioural affinities with Ciconiidae. Proposed relationships to Cariamidae and other Gruiformes unsubstantiated. Birds of W Africa have occasionally been awarded separate race, gambiensis. Monotypic.
Distribution: Senegambia E to Ethiopia and Somalia, and S to South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 17 videos
bird, foraging on the ground, finally striding away Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Stefan_Thiel 16 September 2010 1 year ago 1 min 6 sec 4.7
A bird hitting a snake and eating it Locality Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 13 October 2004 8 years ago 31 sec 4.6
A bird in a tree and another one on the ground, with a general view of the habitat Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Monotypic species)
Peter van Dam 28 August 2006 6 years ago 57 sec 4.5
bird strolling on the savannah Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 23 November 2013 17 weeks ago 23 sec 4
Individuals arriving at, drinking from and then leaving a waterhole Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (Monotypic species)
Greg Baker 17 September 1999 2 years ago 1 min 4 sec 3.8
A close-up of a bird preening. Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 3 years ago 21 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 52 photos
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
Jacques Erard 15 July 2012 12 weeks ago 4.6
Secretarybird in the Zoo of Münster.
Guido Bohn 30 April 2009 4 years ago 4.4
Locality Etosha Safari Camp, Okaukuejo, Kunene Region, Namibia
lankhorst 15 July 2011 2 years ago 4.4
Adult Secretarybird calling
Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Philip Perry 26 September 2007 4 years ago 4.3
adult in open savannah
Locality Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Marco Valentini 31 January 2012 2 years ago 4.3
A close-up of a head of an adult.
Locality Parc Pairi Daiza (Paradisio), Cambron-Casteau, Brugelette, Hainaut Province, Belgium (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 4 June 2010 3 years ago 4.2
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