Tuesday,March 10, 2020

Featured Wildlife Species (Fauna)

Philippine Eagle ( Pithecophaga jefferyi )

The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is a giant bird of prey that belongs to the eagle family Accipitridae which is endemic to forests in the Philippines. It can only be seen in 4 islands in the Philippines- Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. It is considered to be one of the largest and most powerful among forest raptors. They are listed as CRITICALLY ENDANGERED species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently with an estimated number of only 400 pairs left in the wild.

Characterisics of the Philippine Eagle:

  • With a 7 ft wingspan it has one of the broadest among forest raptors in the world
  • With its Blue-gray eyes, it can see see 8x times clearer and farther than human beings
  • With its powerful and sharp claws (Talons) use for hunting, they can cut through their prey easily
  • One of the largest among raptors, adult reaches 3 ft in from the tip of its crown feathers to its tail

*************Sources and Further Reading************

The Philippine Eagle Foundation