Definition of secretary bird in English:

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secretary bird

Pronunciation: /ˈsekrəˌterē bərd/

noun

A slender, long-legged African bird of prey that feeds on snakes, having a crest likened to a quill pen stuck behind the ear.
  • Sagittarius serpentarius, the only member of the family Sagittariidae.
Example sentences
  • Or witness Annie Martin, killing kittens and feeding them to a secretary bird on her ostrich farm in South Africa.
  • We stopped and scanned the horizon with binoculars, spotting a family of warthogs and a secretary bird.
  • The birds are also in plenty: secretary birds, cranes, stork, vultures and ostriches.

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Syllabification: sec·re·tar·y bird

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