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Philippines Endangered Species : Philippine eagle

Animal

Did you know that the Philippine eagle is one of the largest eagles in the world? With a total length of 2m with its wings spread, it is known as a very huge bird. It is also the national bird of the Philippines. Although it looks very tough and sturdy because it is a very large bird, it is actually an endangered animal. Philippine eagles have been found on only four islands, Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao, with very limited habitats. That is why it is in danger of extinction. It is a bird classified in the family Accipitridae.

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Habitat

Inhabits the Philippines. It inhabits only Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.

Characteristic

It is the largest bird in the world among hawk species. Overall length 86-102 cm, weight 4-8 kg. It is an interesting eagle that the feathers on the top of the head grow. It prefers to live in lowland and moderately elevated primeval forests. Philippine eagles are often hidden so that they cannot be found by foreign enemies, so it is difficult to find them. However, it is easier to find because it often squeals during courtship and breeding. When courting, they try to attract the opposite sex by using a different cry.

Ecology

It is known to prefer rainforests, catch monkeys, deer, small mammals and birds that live in the rainforests as prey, and also eat reptiles such as lizards and snakes. The breeding form is oviparous. Nests are built on tall tree branches so that they are not targeted by foreign enemies, and they live and breed. It starts breeding from autumn to winter and lays one egg. The egg-bearing period is about 2 months and the female takes care of it. Parenting continues until about one and a half years old, and the parent bird takes care of it.

Endangered species

Although it looks very sturdy at first glance, it is actually an endangered species. In recent years, not only in the Philippines, but also in Southeast Asia, there is an influx of foreign capital, and rapid urban development is progressing. As a result, the destruction of tropical rainforests has progressed considerably, and the population of Philippine eagles is declining. In addition, it can be a target for hunting, which is a very critical situation. There are many cases of being caught in the electric wires of a steel tower standing by humans and being electrocuted. It happens because it is a large bird. It is estimated that the number of wildlife is around 800.

Conservation activities

The Philippine Eagle is currently trying to breed in captivity by the Philippine Foundation. We also have protected areas to prevent hunting.

Breeding

Breeding is difficult except for certain research institutes and zoos. It is quite difficult for ordinary people to breed, so there is no choice but to watch it at the zoo. Or go to the Philippines.

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