Philippine Eagle on the IUCN Redlist (critically endangered) and Species of the Day Feature

The Philippine Eagle is critically endangered, and has been on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red list since 1994.

Considered to the be largest bird in the world, the Philippine Eagle is endemic to the Philippines and is known to exist only in the islands of Mindanao, Leyte, Samar and eastern Luzon —  of the thousands of islands in the Philippine archipelago.

Endangered Philippine-Eagle-Close-up

Photograph by Klaus Nigge – www.nigge.com

The rapid decline of these magnificent birds — and official  national symbol of the Phillipines —  is mainly due to extensive deforestation and illegal logging in the Philippines.

Here is a link to quick facts on this magnificent bird, featured on the IUCN Red List Species of the Day feature: http://www.iucnredlist.org/sotdfiles/pithecophaga-jefferyi.pdf

For more on animals listed on the IUCN’s Red list of Threatened Species, visit the website at http://www.iucnredlist.org/

Related Lolako articles on the Philippine Eagle- Haring Ibon (King of Birds):

Haring Ibon: The magnificent and critically endangered Philippine eagle

Post on the Philippine eagle video at ARKive.  ARKive’s mission is promoting the conservation of the world’s threatened species, through the power of wildlife imagery.

6 thoughts on “Philippine Eagle on the IUCN Redlist (critically endangered) and Species of the Day Feature

  1. Thanks for this post, Jane. Since the forest habitat of the Philippine Eagle is so crucial, and also endangered, I wonder if you can also research and write a post about that forest habitat itself? What comprises it? Where is it located? Who is doing the illegal logging, and why isn’t it being stopped? Sorry — that’s kind of a lot to ask, I guess. But it would be good to know. — JeanV

    • Excellent questions, Jean…I think I will do some additional research! Some of your questions are addressed on my original Philippine Eagle article, Haring Ibon.

      Sadly, it is often too late for many endangered species. In the Philippines, I have read that only about 5% of the virgin rain forests remain.

      In places like the Philippines, I think that the combination of poverty and greed (bribes) are what contributed — and still contributes — to illegal logging activities. The results are devastating. After seasonal typhoons, many of the deadly floods and mudslides in the Philippines are often blamed on illegal logging activities.

      The word “sustainable” is used so often these days, but it also applies to timber and logging rules. I think we, the end consumer, should know the origin of timber used in a piece of furniture we buy…just as we would want to know about the source and sustainability of the food we consume.

      When there is poverty and families are looking for the next meal…and there is corruption, and officials are willing to look the other way for trees to be felled, the chance for forest habitats to remain intact and for endangered animals to rebound do not look good.

      Poverty issues (a topic I researched when I started my blog) must be addressed by all inhabitants of this planet.

      Poverty related blog posts are listed here…

  2. The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), also known as the Monkey-eating Eagle, is an eagle of the family Accipitridae that is endemic to forests in the Philippines.

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