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Filipino Secretary Bird is an unknown bird of Southeast Asia. Feathers longer on the lower portion of the crest. Outermost tail feath-ers longer than the inner feathers.No known species of secretary bird exists outside Africa.

Significant sightingEdit

French naturalist Pierre Sonnerat visited the Philippines from 1771 to 1772 and reported the existence of a large bird of prey similar to the secretary bird of sub-Saha-ran Africa.

Possible explanationsEdit

  • Specimens of the African Secretary bird(Sagittarius serpentarius), a long-legged,crested, eaglelike bird, may have been bought to the Philippines by traders.
  • Sonnerat might have heard secondhand accounts of the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), which was unknown in the eighteenth century.

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