Friday, April 15, 2011

The Philippine Eagle

This majestic giant forest raptor is endemic to the Philippines and is considered one of the largest and most powerful Eagles in the world. A seven-year-old Philippine Eagle (Pithecopaga jefferyi) named ‘Scout Binay’ displaying its feathers at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City in the southern Philippines. It can grow a meter in height with a wing span of up to seven feet (two meters). It is however, one of the worlds rarest and most critically endangered, with only 500 pairs remaining in the wild. These birds are still hunted for food by locals, or for sport despite it being protected by law. The Center is trying to revive the numbers of these beautiful eagles and have been breeding them in captivity. (Mark Navales - Mindanao Examiner Photo)

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