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SECRETARY BIRD

SECRETARY BIRD

Sagittarius serpentarius

The secretary bird is easily distinguished by the fiery orange markings on its face and the crest of feathers atop its head. This bird of prey has long legs and grey plumage, with black on the wings. Their diet consists of snakes, other reptiles, amphibians, tortoises, rats and even small mammals and young birds. When it comes to breeding the pairs are monogamous, and work together to build the nest. Two to three eggs are usually laid and take about 50 days to hatch. The young are fed on small mammals and can fly after about eight weeks. Other than pairs staying together, these birds are not particularly gregarious.

Secretary birds can fly, but spend most of their time on the ground where they find their food and can use their long legs very well. The crest of feathers on its head will spread when hunting and it searches for food with a short, hooked beak. They can be found in plains and savannahs in sub-Saharan Africa. The secretary bird is a vulnerable species. Threats to the population include habitat loss and degradation due to human interference.

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Reservations & Info

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

 

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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Fauna and Flora

Mammals, birds, insects and an abundance of plant life can be found at Inverdoorn from giant elephants and fat hippos to floating butterflies and a colourful array of flowers in the spring. The Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Thousands of Animals

Whether you are searching for the celebrated Big 5 or are an avid bird-watcher, your trip to Inverdoorn will not leave you disappointed. White rhinos graze with African buffaloes, whilst wildebeest frolic in the background. Giraffes are gentle and magnificent giants who will even allow guests to walk among them. South Africa Shellducks and Egyptian Geese splash together through the water and flamingos have been spotted at Inverdoorn during their migration.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

PO BOX 304 SEA POINT 8060
CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Tel:  +27 (0)214 344 639
Fax: +27 (0)214 331 157

Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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