Origin of secretary birdfrom the penlike feathers of its crest
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Origin of secretary birdProbably 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
(plural secretary birds)
Named because its crest of long feathers resembles quill pens stuck behind the ears of an office clerk.