The bizarre-looking Secretary Bird (but it probably thinks we look bizarre) from Africa is a raptor, the only one
with long legs and a Statue of Liberty hairdo.
The Liberty hairdo
and orange face with raptor bill
Another Bad Hair Day
It runs fast and preys on reptiles
It will stamp its foot sharply on a snake's head to immobilise it
Some say the name Secretary Bird comes from the feathers on its head looking like quills
behind the ears of Dickensian clerical staff; others say it is from the Arabic name for hunter-bird which sounds
like "secretaire"; possibly it is a derivation of both, the Arabic giving rise to the English name which then stuck.
Its Latin name comes from "archer" (the quills) and "serpent" (its prey).