Extinct Birds : Monkey Eating Eagle
This endangered species has been proposed as the national bird of the Philippines.
Dependent on the undisturbed rainforest where it preys on monkeys, squirrels, and other small mammals, this spectacular eagle has been losing its habitat to logging and farming. Although the monkey-eating eagle is officially protected, it is still killed by farmers protecting their livestock and by trophy hunters, and is illegally captured for zoos.
Approximately 300 birds survive on Mindanao, but on other Philippine islands they are either rare or extinct. There are some in zoos, but these have never bred. Their future will depend on public education, strict law enforcement, and the establishment of carefully managed rainforest preserves.