The Philippine Eagle, also known as the Great Philippine Eagle or the monkey-eating eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), is a source of pride for the Filipinos because of its majestic beauty and is only found in the Philippines. The Philippine Eagle, one of the world’s largest, most powerful birds of prey and declared as the national bird of the Philippines, also falls under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) critically endangered species list. To save the future of these majestic birds, nonprofit organizations such as the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) embarked on learning more about these royal birds through scientific field surveys, including nesting territories and natural habitats.
As part of its biodiversity conservation efforts, EDC worked with PEF and the DENR in helping save the future of these creatures. Since the start of the initiative in 2019, PEF reports remarkable success in its research of the Philippine eagle, allowing the organization to propagate the species sustainably.
To advance these efforts, the “Search for the King of Birds” was held in 2021, anchored on the survey of EDC’s Mount Apo Geothermal Project (MAGP) in Kidapawan City, Cotabato. The initiative resulted in the discovery of a pair of eagles and an estimated two-year-old in the municipality of Magpet. With a new testing territory, aerial mating rituals were observed in the pair, promising a possibility of a future offspring.
One of the largest birds of prey globally, the Philippine eagle plays a critical role in the overall ecosystem of the country. With the conservation of their species, we can help nature heal and regenerate, bringing life back to our forests and watersheds on which we depend.