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Secretary “Socke” from the WELTVOGELPARK Walsrode :o)!

Secretary birds (Sagittarius serpentarius) are distantly related to buzzards, vultures, harriers, and kites. But unlike their raptor cousins, secretary birds spend most of their time on the ground.

The name was once thought to come from the 1800s, when Europeans first spotted these birds. Back then, male secretaries wore gray tailcoats and dark knee-length pants. They also used goose-quill pens that they carried behind their ears. This long-legged bird shares many of these same physical features: long, dark quills at the back of the head; long, gray wing and tail feathers that resemble a tailcoat; and black feathers that go midway down the legs like short pants. Its fun to imagine how the two secretaries compare :o)!

Unfortunately, the secretary birds are been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a vulnerable species (since 2011).

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