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What are the characteristics of a Philippine eagle?

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The Philippine eagle has a massive beak, eyes that are slightly blue in color, and a mound of feathers that gives the impression of a headdress. One of the world's largest eagles, it weighs up to 14 pounds and stands approximately 3 feet tall with a wingspan of nearly 7 feet.

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Philippine eagles are considered one of the rarest eagle species in the world as well as one of the most endangered animals, according to the Philippine Eagle Foundation website. It is estimated that there are fewer than 250 Philippine eagles currently alive as of January 2015, according to Arkive.org. In its normal habitat, the Philippine eagle resides exclusively on the islands of Mindanao, Leyte, Samar and Luzon.

The Philippine eagle can live to be 60 years old, mates for life and is monogamous, but it takes on another mate if its mate is killed. The Philippine eagles hunt in pairs with one eagle drawing the attention of its prey, oftentimes the Philippine flying lemur, while the other attacks the prey in a surprise move and kills its victim. It is also called the Philippine monkey-eating eagle as it has a predilection towards eating monkeys when available. However, it hunts a variety of prey that ranges from snakes, rats and other small birds to even small deer that weigh under 30 pounds.

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