Height: 90 - 137 cm, Length: 112 0 152 cm
2.3 - 4.6 kg
Fewer than 100,000
Grasslands and grass savannas
Bone crusher. Thanks to lightning-quick aerial kicks and stumps forceful enough to shatter bone, the secretary bird is a master at immobilizing dangerous prey. A much more formidable hunter that its crane-like appearance would suggest, it is even capable of vanquishing the deadly black mamba, the fastest terrestrial snake in the world. But this skill makes the bird a popular pet for humans, who rob nests and raise young as protection from snakes. Meanwhile, prey is becoming herder and harder to find due to habitat degradation.