Monday, July 25, 2016

One Kick-Ass Bird

The Bird That Kicks the Ever-Loving Crap Out of Its Prey
Wired  Matt Simon Science 07.25.16. 

Birds of prey: soaring, swooping, landing all cool on a branch like it’s nothing. Eh, not really for me, says the secretary bird. This avian prefers to kick its victims to death, even snakes. It’s this week’s episode of Absurd Creatures! Come for the kickboxing, stay for the ’90s hip-hop reference.

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Its common name is popularly thought to derive from the crest of long quill-like feathers, lending the bird the appearance of a secretary with quill pens tucked behind their ear, as was once common practice. A more recent hypothesis is that "secretary" is borrowed from a French corruption of the Arabic saqr-et-tair or "hunter-bird." Wikipedia

Flying overhead in Kenya Wikipedia

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