Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Majesty of The Philippine Eagle -- The Largest Eagle in the World

The Philippine Eagle

The Philippine eagle is one of the largest of it's Kind existing here on earth today. Deforestation has caused this majestic looking mammal to decrease in number. There are a few hundreds of them that are living in the wild today. They can be found in the provinces of Leyte ,Mindanao, Samar and parts of Luzon. With the devastation of Leyte, by Typhoon Haiyan, these beautiful looking eagles must have migrated to other places like Samar or even other parts of Luzon and Mindanao. This species is known as pithecophaga jifferiyi. It is also called Haribong or Haring Ibon. If you translate it in to English, it's called King Eagle. Their prey consists of toddy cats known as palm civets. In the wild they are known as monkey eating eagles. This monkey eating eagle feed also on such animals like: large snakes, monitor lizards and even horn bills. These great looking bird was discovered by an English Explorer named John Whitehead.

The wingspan of these large eagles can reach as much as seven feet and they will weigh as much as fourteen pounds. They have long tails, which allows them to change position so fast while it tracks down it's prey. The eagles nape has nice looking brown feathers rough looking crest. Their back portion is dark,while the underside and under wings are white. This type of eagle possesses a dark face and a milky brown nape and crown. Their legs are heavy and are colored yellow. These huge birds have dark claws that are so powerful. The Philippine eagle has large and deep beaks which are high- arched. The color of their beaks are bluish gray. The color of their eyes are blue – gray.

It has been difficult for these eagles to look for their prey because most of their former habitat are gone. They have one fierce enemies, the illegal loggers who are responsible for these birds almost becoming non – existent. They do make loud noises and high pitched whistles. The Philippine Eagle is the national bird of the Philippines. The established Philippine Eagle Foundation located in the province of Mindanao aims to save this bird by conservation and proper education. Their captive and breeding has produced good results there are a bit more than twenty pairs of birds in it's fold today

Let us preserve the Philippine Eagle because it is our national treasure.


Phil Slade said...

Majestic indeed. Such a shame that this creature is suffering so badly at the hand of man.

euthymic said...

Yes Phil, you are absolutely right. I hope we can work hard to preserve all the beautiful creatures in our sky. Thank you for the visit and the comment.