Pithecophaga – Philippine Eagle
Considered to be the largest eagle in the world in terms of length and wing surface. Also the rarest
The Philippine eagle is native and endemic to the Philippines. It has brown and white colored plumage with a shaggy crest and a full crown on its head. Due to its rarity and majestic, it has been declared the national bird of the Philippines.
Since only an estimated 400 pairs are left in the Philippine Islands’ wild forest, specifically Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao, it was assessed as a “Critically endangered” species.
Population decline is caused mainly due to extensive habitat loss caused by deforestation. Under Philippine law, killing a Philippine eagle is punishable by up to 12 years in jail and heavy fines.