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Majestic future for ‘King of Birds’




Exercising his freedom, juvenile flies above the forests. / Photograph courtesy of IUCN

It is a little-known fact that the Philippine national bird may be another source of global pride for Filipinos. Aside from being considered as one of the largest and most majestic in the world, the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is also found exclusively in the country, making it a truly meaningful and fitting national symbol.

However, information about the Philippine Eagle remains largely scarce. It does not help as well that the predator bird is listed as a critically endangered species by the leading global environmental group International Union for Conservation of Nature.

In order to mitigate such threat of extinction, nonprofit organizations such as the Philippine Eagle Foundation have been on a mission to learn as much as it can about this remarkable creature through proper scientific field surveys across the country, locating its nesting territories and studying its existence in its natural habitats.

Such a task is challenging indeed, but with the support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as well as private sector partners such as Energy Development Corporation, PEF is proud to share that great strides have already been achieved toward the documentation of the Philippine Eagle — leading to the ultimate goal of being able to successfully and sustainably propagate its species.