We did not know that a majority of these amazing and colorful birds even existed! Pretty crazy to think about how much beauty there is in all species on Earth. These unique birds are so mesmerizing, we'd absolutely love to someday come in contact with all of them! Except for maybe a Harpy Eagle, that looks like a bird/human hybrid from a nightmare-ish fictional story.
The Secretary Bird Is So Gorgeous, It Could Easily Become A Character In A Pixar Movie
The secretary bird (Sagittarius Serpentarius) is a large raptor related to hawks and eagles. It got this name because of its quill-like crests on the back of its head that resemble 18th-century clerks with pens tucked into their wigs. This bird has another distinctive feature. Eyelashes. Long, prominent eyelashes that makeup models would kill for.
These guys like tropical and subtropical climates. They get bigger than most other eagles. This particular one, a male, weighs about 10 pounds. He's a growing boy, and already dwarfs your typical American bald eagle national icon thing. He swallows rats whole at feeding time. That's the keeper's forearm he's sitting on with those BIG ASS talons. These guys were practically extinct but they've been bred and released into the wild, and now they're making a comeback. L.A. Zoo.