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Secretary Bird


Origami Secretary Bird

Paper used:  a single un-cut square of tissue paper treated with methyl cellulose.

Design date:  June, 2009

Base Crease Pattern: 

Origami Secretary Bird Base

Design Reference:

Real Secretary Bird


In June, my family went on vacation to San Diego, mainly for the purpose of taking my kids to Legoland.  While there, we couldn't pass up the chance to visit the famous San Diego Zoo.  As we meandered around the beautiful exhibits, I came across what has to be one of the strangest birds I have ever seen - standing four feet tall, it looked like a cross between an eagle and an ostrich.  The plaque identified it as a Secretary Bird, and I was sure to remember the name because I knew instantly that this would be my next design.