Secretary birds are Large birds of prey and are recognized by their eagle type body and their long crane like legs. However, when in flight this bird looks more like a crane than a bird of prey.
Female and Male secretary birds are distinguished by the male having longer head plumes and tail feathers. Adults have red faces where younger birds are yellow in colour.
Unlike other birds of prey, Secretary birds catch their prey on foot. They feed on small animals and arthropods.
Secretary birds are recognized in Africa for their striking appearance and their ability to rid areas of pests and snakes.