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Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Distribution

  • Widespread south of the Sahara and across South Africa
  • High altitudes in Drakensberg to the semi-desert of Kalahari
    • Not found in forests or true desert (coastal Namibia)
  • Common, but numbers reduced by urban sprawl and agriculture (sugarcane, orchards)

Habitat

  • Open woodland, savanna and steppe
  • Prefers short open grasslands with scattered Acacia thorn trees for roosting and nesting
  • Avoids areas which hinder its ability to walk or fly
    • Dense, tall grass cover makes walking about and flight difficult
    • Dense woodlands or hilly, rocky areas also make walking difficult

Distribution Map

Secretary Bird distribution

Secretary Bird distribution.

Adapted from www.d-maps.com according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN)

 

Page Citations

Brown (1972)
Kemp (1994)
Steyn (1982)

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