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Nesting pair of Philippine Eagle on Mt Kitanglad by Rich Lindie
Although the Philippine Eagle is the world’s longest raptor (tail tip to beak), it is not as heavy as Steller’s Sea or Harpy Eagle. Its wingspan can exceed 2m (6.6ft), and witnessing one soaring over a precious last remnant of unbroken Philippine rainforest is surely one of the most magical sights a birder could ever dream of! Originally thought to be related to the Harpy Eagle, modern genetic studies have shown that it is actually most closely related to the snake eagles, such as Africa’s Bateleur. Its original moniker of Monkey-eating Eagle was changed when studies revealed that their diet seldom consists of monkeys, but mostly of Colugo (Flying-Lemur) and other small mammals, reptiles and even birds such as hornbills.
We invite you to join our upcoming Philippines - Endangered Endemics tour from the 24th January to 10th February 2012, guided by Erik Forysth and a specialist local bird tour leader. We have never missed this species on our tours and you stand an excellent chance for observing this most regal and threatened of all raptors. Please contact our office for further detail.
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