Philippine Eagle

Video of Philippine Eagle

The Philippine Eagle is arguably the most beautiful Eagle in the world. The greatest of the forest eagles, it stands a staggering 1 meter in height and boasts a wingspan of 2 meters with the wings covering a surface area greater than any other eagle. The Monkey-eating Eagle, as it was first called, is the tallest and largest Eagle (in terms of length). Its signature headdress is often compared to a lion’s mane and has given the bird its unique identity. Sadly, this magnificent raptor has become the rarest of all eagles. Once the kings of the Philippine Forests, they flourished and multiplied with relative ease, but due to human activities, their habitat has since shrinked and their numbers have dwindled. The rate at these birds reproduce cannot keep up with growing need for repopulation. The great Haribon that once ruled over the Kagubatan is now at the brink of extinction.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation firmly believes that the fate of our vanishing Philippine Eagle, the health of our environment, and the quality of Philippine life are inextricably linked. We are therefore committed to promote the survival of the Philippine Eagle, the biodiversity it represents, and the sustainable use of our forest resources for future generations to enjoy.

The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world’s rarest and certainly among its most critical endangered vertebrate species. The eagle is known to be geographically restricted to the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.

The Philippine eagle (Wikipedia)

The Philippine Eagle, Pithecophaga jefferyi, also known as the great Philippine eagle or monkey-eating eagle, is among the tallest, rarest, largest, and most powerful birds in the world. A bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae, it is also known as “Haribon” or “Haring Ibon,” which means “Bird King”. Its local name is banog.

The Philippine Eagle is endemic to the Philippines and can be found on four major islands: eastern Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. The largest number of eagles reside on Mindanao, with between 82 and 233 breeding pairs. Only six pairs are found on Samar, two on Leyte, and a few on Luzon. It can be found in Northern Sierra Madre National Park on Luzon and Mount Apo and Mount Kitanglad National Parks on Mindanao.[4] Some Palawan natives have claimed that the Philippine Eagle does exist in the island province. Some are under care of the Palawan Crocodile Farm [13]

This eagle is found in dipterocarp and mid-montane forests, particularly in steep areas. Its elevation ranges from the lowlands to mountains of over 1,800 meters (5,905 ft). It is estimated that only 9,220 square kilometers (2,280,000 acres) of old growth forest remain in the bird’s range.[4] However, its total estimated range is about 146,000 square kilometers (56,000 sq mi)

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