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Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Breeding in Managed Care

  • Adapts well to managed care and has been bred repeatedly.
  • Walsrode Bird Park's first successful breeding took place in 1981, where two chicks were hand-reared by humans.
  • Oklahoma City Zoo fist bred and hand-raised two chicks in 1987.

Model Behavior

Secretary bird stomping prey

Secretary Bird demonstrating its stomping behavior (model snake used for education purposes).

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Page Citations

Kemp (1994)
Wennrich (1984)
Todd (1988)

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