Majestic! Juvenile Philippine eagle spotted in Mt. Apo

Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2020 03:17 PM

A juvenile Philippine Eagle is seen perched on a tree in the forest of Mt. Apo. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Eagle Foundation

DAVAO CITY - A juvenile Philippine Eagle was recently spotted perched on a tree in the forest of the country's highest peak, Mt. Apo.

A photo of the national bird was posted on the Facebook page of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) on Wednesday and has since become viral with over a thousand shares and earned more than 4,000 reactions.

"Great news! Another juvenile Philippine Eagle was discovered recently in the forests of Mt. Apo! The eagle, estimated to be around a year old, was found thanks to the efforts of our hardworking forest guards," the caption read.

With only about 400 pairs left in the wild, PEF also urged the public to help them in their effort to save more eagles by donating to their Philippine Eagle Conservation Program Foundation.

The Philippine Eagle, considered to be critically endangered, can only be seen in Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.

It is also considered to be one of the largest and most powerful among forest raptors.

According to PEF, breeding Philippine Eagles are difficult as they take 5-7 years to sexually mature, and only lays single egg every two years.