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  • English name
    Philippine Eagle(Monkey-eating Eagle)
  • ClassificationAccipitriformes, Accipitridae
  • Scientific namePithecophaga jefferyi

Philippine Eagle
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The Philippine Eagle has no one to fight with over food. They are invincible skilled hunters. But they are on the brink of extinction because they have nowhere to claim for themselves due to deforestation.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 86-102cm
Wingspan: approx. 2 m
Weight: 4.7-8kg

(Source: Endangered Animals, Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd.)

Where they live

They live exist on the four islands of the Philippines. The forest is their home.

What they eat

They use their powerful legs to capture and eat animals that live in trees, such as flying lemurs, civets, squirrels, flying squirrels, monkeys, birds, and snakes.

What they are like

The Philippine Eagle has a full wingspan of almost two meters. Contrary to their huge body size, they can fly through narrow spaces between trees. No wonder they are such expert hunters!

Find out more about the Philippine Eagle!

Even expert hunters can't live without a forest!
Large carnivorous mammals do not exist in the Philippines. This puts the Philippine Eagle at the very top of the food chain. In fact, they were once called monkey-eating eagles because they will hunt any animal, even monkeys. But as invincible this expert hunter may be, they are now on the brink of extinction. The biggest problem is deforestation. In order to secure enough food, the Philippine Eagle needs to command a large territory. Years of hunting has also caused them to suffer.The poaching continues, even to this day.

A light of hope lies ahead for the Philippine Eagle!
Though there are many problems, a light of hope does exist for the Philippine Eagle. In 1995, they were designated as the national bird of the Philippines. This has caused more people to cherish them. Since then, surveys and artificial breeding efforts have taken place with more plans for various preservation activities to come. The cooperation of more people is essential to carry out these plans. The more people that become interested in protecting the Philippine Eagle, the brighter their future will be.


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