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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Secretary Bird

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Secretary Bird

Standing over four feet tall, secretary birds cruise through Africa's tall grass on long legs while looking for a meal. They prefer savannas and open grasslands where they can see around them while strolling. But can they fly? Of course! Secretary birds are good fliers and nest and roost in acacia trees at night.

Secretary birds and caracaras are the only birds of prey that hunt for food on foot. They can catch and kill snakes, even venomous ones! These clever birds chase their prey and then strike it with their bill or stomp on it until the prey is dead or stunned enough for the bird to swallow. Secretary birds can't pick up food items with their feet, so food is either eaten right away or carried away in the beak.

Watch our secretary birds at work in the Park’s African Woods!

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