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The Philip­pine ser­pent ea­gle, en­demic to the Philip­pines, is a largely seden­tary species, nor­mally found in pri­mary and sec­ondary forests, wood­lands, and open land with scat­tered trees. It’s con­sid­ered rel­a­tively small, grow­ing up to 53 cen­time­ters tall, with a wing­span of up to 120 cen­time­ters.

Ser­pent ea­gles are mostly brown from above, with a black crown, and gray-brown cheeks and throat. They have white spots on their chests and wings (which have given the species the al­ter­nate name of Philip­pine crested ser­pent ea­gle), and their eyes and legs are yel­low.

As its name sug­gests, ser­pent ea­gles have been known to feast on ser­pents and other rep­tiles, re­ported Rafael An­to­nio in a 2015 news ar­ti­cle on In­quirer. net. How­ever, they also feed on ro­dents and small mam­mals.

While their pop­u­la­tion has been de­creas­ing, their species has not been de­clared vul­ner­a­ble be­cause vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions need to have had a de­cline greater than 30 per­cent over the last ten years or three gen­er­a­tions. Each gen­er­a­tion for Philip­pine ser­pent ea­gles lasts around 12 years, ac­cord­ing to a 2018 on­line fact­sheet from Birdlife In­ter­na­tional.

The Philip­pine ser­pent ea­gle can re­port­edly be found in most parts of the coun­try, ex­cept for Palawan.

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