PHILIP­PINE EA­GLE

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The Philip­pine ea­gle (Pithe­cophaga jef­feryi), re­port­edly one of the world’s largest and heav­i­est ea­gles, is en­demic to the Philip­pines. The Philip­pine ea­gle was pro­claimed the na­tional bird of the Philip­pines in 1995 by for­mer Pres­i­dent Fidel V. Ramos. Many have called the con­ser­va­tion of the species a lost cause due to the dan­gers they face of de­for­esta­tion and poach­ing, ac­cord­ing to a 2018 ar­ti­cle by Bong S. Sarmiento pub­lished on­line in Earth Is­land Jour­nal. This is dou­bly prob­lem­atic con­sid­er­ing that the ex­is­tence of the Philip­pine ea­gle is an in­di­ca­tor of eco­log­i­cal health, as the species is known to prey on an­i­mals which are also cru­cial to the main­te­nance of healthy ecosys­tems, re­ported Jonathan Mayuga in a 2018 ar­ti­cle for Busi­ness Mir­ror.

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