This is a map of the Philippines relative to the habitat of the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). This bird, also known as the monkey-eating eagle, is native to select parts of the Luzon island, as well as the whole of the Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao islands.
The Philippine eagle is considered the country’s national bird. Despite their “monkey-eating” name, they also hunt other different prey. They boast of many bodily features, including having a clearer vision than humans, a seven-foot wide wingspan, and sharp talons. Its species is now critically endangered because of deforestation and shooting by hunters, according to the Philippine Eagle Society.
A national law that safeguards these eagles and all other wildlife imposes a heavy fine and long prison term for those who injure or kill such animals.
Get to know more about these freedom-loving eagles by checking out these books:
- An Eagle’s Feather: Based on a story by the Philippine Eagle Foundation
- The Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History
- Diola: Ang Bayani ng Philippine Eagle (Heroine of Philippine Eagles)
- Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World
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