a large, long-legged, raptorial bird, Sagittarius serpentarius, of Africa, that feeds on reptiles.
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How to use secretary bird in a sentence
"Yes—er—he's quite well again now—quite on his feet again," said the secretary-bird.
"So you see how it was," I said at last, dropping my voice as Weston, the secretary-bird passed.
The quaint secretary-bird was often to be seen stalking majestically along, solitary and grotesque, with its high marching action.South African Memories | Lady Sarah Wilson
We began to form the nucleus of our small menagerie while still at Walmer; and one of our first acquisitions was a secretary bird.Home Life on an Ostrich Farm | Annie Martin
I don't suppose he's gone in there to talk to the secretary bird!
British Dictionary definitions for secretary bird
a large African long-legged diurnal bird of prey, Sagittarius serpentarius, having a crest and tail of long feathers and feeding chiefly on snakes: family Sagittariidae, order Falconiformes (hawks, falcons, etc)
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