1796E. Helmetr. ofF. Le Vaillant’s Trav.II. 244 (Jeffreys)The secretary is known in the colonies both by the name secretaris, and by that of slangvreeter.
c1808C. von LinnéSystem of Nat. Hist.VIII. 20Kolbe has confounded it with the pelican; for the name of slang-vreeter, serpent-eater, which he applies to the pelican, is the only appellation by which this bird is known, both by the Hottentots and the Dutch colonists. The name of secretaire, or secretary, was afterwards given it by the Dutch.
1847‘A Bengali’Notes on Cape of G.H. 80The ‘Secretary bird’ called by the colonists ‘slangen-vrechter,’ or serpent-eater, is common in the interior.
1867E.L. LayardBirds of S. Afr. 33Serpentarius Reptilivorus...Le Mangeur de Serpents..; Secretary Bird; Slangvreter of Colonists.
1897H.A. BrydenNature & Sport 53The curious secretary bird (Sagittarius secretarius, the ‘Slang vreeter’ — snake-killer — of the Boers), that puzzle to scientists, still stalks the veldt with ludicrous solemnity.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 449Slang vreeter,..The Dutch name for the Secretary bird.
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