French: Messager sagittaire German: Sekretär Spanish: Secretario
J. F. Miller
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Senegambia E to Eritrea and Somalia, and S to South Africa.
125–150 cm; c. 2300–4270 g; wingspan 191–215 cm. Unmistakable, terrestrial raptor, with long pink legs, long black crest feathers, bare orange face, hooked... read more
Commonest call, from perch or in soaring flight, a fast, high-pitched "ko-ko-ko-ko-ka"; louder "... read more
Steppe or tree and grass savanna, favouring short grass with scattered acacia (Acacia)... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly arthropods, especially grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera), but devours most small animals, including frogs, lizards... read more
Nests at any time of year, whenever food abundant (nests recorded in virtually all months in Ethiopia and S Africa), usually to fledge... read more
Sedentary (with regular seasonal breeding) in some areas, but nomadic in most areas in response to... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Recently uplisted. CITES II. Variously common to rare and localized; recent evidence suggests rapid decline across its huge range. Often locally common, both in... read more
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