AKA Monkey-Eating Eagle
"The Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is one of the two largest eagles in the world. It ranks second to the Harpy eagle of Central and South America, but only in regards to weight (averaging 8.0 kgs. vs. 9.0 kgs) and smaller feet and legs. It is undoubtedly the tallest, and holds the world record for wingspan in any eagle . . . it can exceed eight feet.
Early in the 1960's, Filipino biologist (Dioscoro) Rabor alerted the
world that this magnificent bird was in serious danger of extinction.
Eagles were found on only four of the 1,700 islands of the Philippine
Archipelago. A handful of birds were reported on Leyte and Samar, with
the majority on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao."
"To see such a creature at close angle - the lovely crest, the strong feet, dagger length talons (of three inches!), the powerfully narrow beak, the heavy brow and piercing stare is truly an unforgettable experience. To see one flying takes one's breath away. It is not difficult to see why Charles Lindbergh called it "Air's Noblest Flier." But perhaps even more fitting is the tagalog name for him-the people of the islands call him "Haring Ibon"-King of Birds." www.dvrconline.org/phileagle.html
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