Philippine Eagle Found Dead Along Shoreline in Sarangani

A critically-endangered Philippine eagle was found dead in Sarangani

PHILIPPINE EAGLE – A critically-endangered Philippine eagle was found dead along the shoreline in Sarangani on Monday, September 19, 2022.

Philippine eagle
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A lifeless Philippine eagle was found at around 9:30 AM along the shoreline of Purok Maguid, Barangay Daliao in Maasim town, Sarangani Province.

According to the Facebook post of DENR Soccsksargen, the critically-endangered specie was found by a certain Habib Maguid, a government employee.

The Philippine eagle is believed to have died four to five hours before it was found.

Apparently, the cause of death has yet to be determined.

The eagle weighs about 5.6 kilos and has a length of 102 centimeters and a wingspan of 188 cm.

It will be brought to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City to undergo necropsy.

Necropsy is the examination of an animal after death. The purpose of a necropsy is typically to determine the cause of death or the extent of disease. This involves a careful process of dissection, observation, interpretation, and documentation.

The Philippine eagle, also known as the monkey-eating eagle or great Philippine eagle, is a critically endangered species of eagle from the Accipitridae family that is found only in the Philippines’ forests.

It has brown and white plumage, a shaggy crest, and a body length of 86 to 102 cm (2.82 to 3.35 ft). It weighs 4.04 to 8.0 kg (8.9 to 17.6 lb).

The Philippine eagle is the world’s largest eagle in terms of length and wing surface area, with only the Steller’s sea eagle and the Harpy eagle being larger in terms of weight and bulk.

It has been designated as the Philippines’ national bird. The most serious threat to the species is habitat loss, which is caused by widespread deforestation throughout most of its range.

Killing a Philippine eagle is a felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison and hefty fines.

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