March 21, 2015 – Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These very large eagles are found only on several islands in the Philippines. Sometimes called “monkey-eating eagles,” they prey on flying lemurs, civets, other mammals, snakes, and birds, as well as monkeys. They may hunt in pairs, one eagle distracting a group of monkeys while the other attacks. These eagles probably live between 30 and 60 years. They are Critically Endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and pesticide use. Although their population numbers are not known definitively, there may be fewer than 200 pairs in the wild.