Intelligent life, and it’s not in the halls of Congress
I’m pretty much a believer in the intelligence of wildlife.
I think they are a lot more intelligent than we give them credit for.
In fact, maybe man’s simply not intelligent enough to understand what all these other creatures that we share the Earth with are actually thinking.
The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) at the San Diego Zoo is a great example.
I stood and watched it for almost an hour the other day.
Interestingly, I didn’t connect with it— or did I? An hour with it? — until I got home and saw the pictures I had taken:
The Secretary Bird is a Vulnerable species from Africa. It is related to buzzards and vultures but is the only species in the family Sagittariidae. It gets as tall as four feet with an 87-inch (7¼ feet!) wingspan. They spend most of their time on the ground although roosting in acacia trees.
Adult birds hunt mostly in pairs but sometimes in a loose familial flock. They discover prey by stomping on clumps of vegetation or waiting near wildfires and capturing anything trying to escape. They are known to stomp on their prey until it is stunned or unconscious enough to swallow, and there are unconfirmed reports that they know which snakes are venomous, capturing them, taking flight, and then dropping those snakes to their death before making a meal of them.
Now tell me these birds aren’t intelligent!
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Posted on March 19, 2013, in Birds, Fauna, Mother & Father Nature, Photos, Zoo & Safari Park and tagged bird pictures, intelligent life, san diego zoo pictures, secretary bird pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.