Secretary Bird Definition

A large, black and grayish-blue African bird of prey (Sagittarius serpentarius), the only species in its family (Sagittariidae), with a long neck, long legs, and tufts of penlike feathers sticking out from the back of its head: it feeds on insects, snakes, etc.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Secretary Bird

  • Probably so called after its crest of quills, which reminded 18th-century observers of legal secretaries who stuck their quills into their wigs when not writing with them

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named because its crest of long feathers resembles quill pens stuck behind the ears of an office clerk.

    From Wiktionary

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