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North Carolina Zoo Seeks Public’s Help in Spotting Two African Birds That Left Their Habitat


Emergency Hotline Number Set Up for Public to Call with Sightings

Date:   05/28/2017

On May 26, two Secretary Birds left their behind-the-scenes habitat through an egress that was not tightly secured, and then blown open by gusty winds that topped 30 mph.

Zoo officials stressed that Secretary Birds are not a danger to the general public, pets or farm animals. Secretary Birds will avoid people and feed on snakes and frogs.

The zoo is asking the public’s help in locating the two fully-flighted birds, and has set up a Hotline to call with sightings: 336.879.7610.

The zoo has a team searching the area, and spotted the birds several times over the past few days.

Secretary Birds, long-legged birds native to Africa, grow to an average of four- to five-feet-tall. Their bodies are light gray in color – a stark contrast to their long, dark tail feathers. Their faces are bare, with red/orange skin. In addition to their long legs, their most notable feature is a series of black, quill-like crest of feathers on the back of their heads that fan out when they encounter prey. While they can fly, they do not hunt for their food in flight. They hunt on foot and feed on a diet of snakes (both venomous and non-venomous), rodents, amphibians and large insects.

If the birds are spotted, zoo officials ask the public not to approach the birds but to call the Hotline and report pertinent details.

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