Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pithecopaga jeffery, i Philippine Eagle Center (PEC)

This picture taken on April 9, 2011 shows a seven-year-old Philippine Eagle (Pithecopaga jefferyi) named Binay displaying its feathers at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) on the outskirts of Davao City, in the southern island of Mindanao. The giant forest raptor is endemic to the Philippines and is considered one of the largest and most powerful Eagles in the world. It can grow one metre in height with a wing span of up to seven feet (two meters). It is however, one of the world's rarest and most critically endangered, with only 500 pairs remaining in the wild. These birds are still hunted for food by locals, or for sport despite it being protected by law. The Center is trying to revive the Eagles numbers and have been breeding them in captivity.

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