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The Philippine Eagle

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The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), also known as the Monkey-eating Eagle, and is endemic to forests in the Philippines. It has brown and white-coloured plumage, and a shaggy crest, and generally measures 86 to 102 cm in length and weighs 4.7 to 8 kilograms. It is considered the largest of the extant eagles in the world in terms of length, with the Steller's Sea Eagle and the Harpy Eagle being larger in terms of weight and bulk. Among the rarest and most powerful birds in the world, it has been declared the Philippine national bird.

The male and female Philippine eagle is similar in appearance, possessing a creamy white belly and under wing, whilst the upper parts are a rich chocolate-brown, with a paler edge. The long feathers of the head and nape form a distinctive, shaggy crest and are creamy-buff in colour with black streaks.

Did You Know A recent study of the Philippine Eagle's DNA suggests that the bird has a unique evolutionary history. Its genetic sequence diffe…