COTABATO CITY, July 3 – Officials of Barangay Poblacion 2 here are set to turn over Tuesday to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) a young Philippine Eagle which landed a day earlier at a tree in the neighborhood.
Village council member Nitz Herrera said the eagle, which stands 12 inches tall, refuses to eat fish but loves the meat of fresh chicken.
“The eagle just landed at a neighbor’s tree and from there we just got it gently,” Herrera told a local radio station here.
She said they are awaiting the arrival of proper authorities, particularly those from the DENR, for the eagle’s turnover.
The Philippine Eagle is currently included in the list of endangered species worldwide.
The complete breeding cycle of the Philippine Eagle is estimated to be around two years. It is one of the two largest eagles in the world, ranking second to the Harpy eagle of Central and South America but only in terms of weight.
The Philippine Eagle was named the national bird of the Philippines in 1995 by former President Fidel V. Ramos under Proclamation No. 615.
The home of the Philippine Eagle, which number only less than 200, is Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest mountain situated in the boundaries of Davao and North Cotabato provinces.
Kidapawan City, which is situated at the foot of Mt. Apo in North Cotabato, is some two-hour drive from this city. (PNA) LAP/NYP/