Philippine Eagle
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Superorder: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Subfamily: Circaetinae
Genus: Pithecophaga
Ogilvie-Grant, 1897
Species: P. jefferyi
Binomial name
Pithecophaga jefferyi
Ogilvie-Grant, 1897

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. It has brown and white-coloured plumage, and a shaggy crest, and generally measures 86 to 102 centimetres (2.82 to 3.35 ft) in length and weighs 4.7 to 8 kilograms (10 to 18 lb). Among the rarest, largest, and most powerful birds in the world, it has been declared the Philippine national bird.[2] It is critically endangered, mainly due to massive loss of habitat due to deforestation in most of its range. Killing a Philippine Eagle is punishable under Philippine law by twelve years in jail and heavy fines.[3]

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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2008). "Pithecophaga jefferyi". 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, R. S., P. C. Gonzales, E. C. Dickinson, H. C. Miranda, Jr., and T. H. Fisher (2000). A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 0-19-854669-6
  3. ^ "Farmer arrested for killing, eating rare Philippines eagle: officials". AFP. 2008-07-18. Archived from the original on 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 

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