This week, June 4-June12, is the 13th annual Eagle Week in the Philippines. This year, the great Philippine Eagle is being celebrated. The great Philippine Eagle is one of the strongest birds on the planet and the largest. In fact, the great Philippine Eagle can be almost 4 feet long! Its no wonder that its other name is the Monkey-eating Eagle. This name came from the belief that these eagles ate monkeys, however they actually prey on Philippine flying lemurs, Asian Pam Civets, small mammals, reptiles and even other birds of prey. Locally the bird is called Banog.
As of July 4, 1995 the great Philippine Eagle was declared as the national bird of the Philippines by President President Fidel V. Ramos. Its declaration as the national bird of the Philippines helped to protect the survival of its species because along with being one of the fiercest birds on the planet, its also one of the most endangered. In fact, in 2010 the species was declared as critically endangered, mostly because of deforestation, and killing any of these birds today is illegal in the Philippines.
The celebration includes the Green Mob parade, SAY Agila dance contest, Agkaya concert, tree planting and story telling to bring awareness to this special bird. This year, the Philippine Eagle Week was extended two extra days to include the Philippine's Independence Day.
If you'd like more information on the celebration, go here.