The largest species of eagle is the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi). Also known as the monkey-eating eagle, it is endemic to the Philippines and is one of the world’s most critically endangered raptors. Adult Philippine eagles have a wingspan that can exceed 7 feet (2.1 meters) and can weigh up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms). They have a distinct appearance with their dark brown plumage, long crest, and striking blue eyes.
The Philippine eagle is renowned for its powerful build and strong talons, which enable it to capture and hunt a variety of prey, including monkeys, flying lemurs, large snakes, and other birds. It inhabits the forests of the Philippines and plays a vital role in the ecosystem as an apex predator. Due to habitat loss, hunting, and other threats, the Philippine eagle is critically endangered, and conservation efforts are underway to protect this majestic species and its diminishing habitat.