The Philippine Eagle, also known as the “Haring Ibon,” agila, manaol tipule, mamboogook, malamboogook or garuda in native dialects, is the country’s National Bird. It is found only in the Philippines and is the second largest eagle in the world.
For this reason, the Philippine Eagle has been made a fitting symbol of the urgency to conserve the Philippine environment. Famous wildlife artist, John Ruthven gave tribute to the national bird and made 500 limited edition prints. In 1975, the original painting was presented to late President Ferdinand Marcos, who in the same year changed the bird’s name from Monkey-eating Eagle to the Philippine Eagle. Only 40 printouts of the 500 remain.
The Philippine Eagle can only be found in the dipterocarp forests of eastern Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Rapid forest loss in these areas only left us with about 200 pairs of the Philippine Eagle in the wild. The World Conservation Union has classified it as critically endangered. Without remedial action, the Philippine Eagle has a 50 percent chance of survival in the next 10 years.
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