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The South African secretary bird preys on insects, snakes, tortoises and rats. Small prey are picked up in the bill and swallowed. Larger prey are first stamped to death and then eaten.
I've got two questions about this text:
1) Can the verb "swallow" be substituted with "to wash down" in this case, like in the case of a tablet or something similar?
2) Could you explain the meaning of "to stamp to death"? Might it mean that the prey are hit (with feet or bill) untill they die?
Thanks so much for your help.