Wild Animals/Philippine Eagle


Cmm wrote at 2007-10-28 18:57:57
By the way, Mindanao is less visited by typhoons than Luzon. This is the reason why they grow a lot of vegetables and fruits there. This meant that the Philippine eagle has better chances of survival in the Mindanao area.

aguiluz wrote at 2007-12-03 04:50:21
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines and it is the 15th largest in the world, if i'm not mistaken. This is where the rice granary of the philippines is located, in the central plain and in the mountain province, Bengquet- the "salad bowl" of the Philippines is also located and along the Northern Sierra Madre natural park in Isabela. This park possesses a wealth of biological diversity. In fact, it is one of the most important bird areas worldwide and a conservation priority in the country just like Mindanao and both are important location where the Philippine eagles can still be found, prompting conservationists to be upbeat on efforts to protect and save these important bird areas.

Philippine Eagles food habits vary from island to island it inhabit, the food habits of Philippine Eagles in Luzon have a different preference with the eagles in Mindanao. Because of the difference in terms of the faunal composition of Luzon and Mindanao, them representing different faunal regions, the eagles there would definitely have a different diet regime. For example, flying lemurs, which are the preferred prey in Mindanao, are absent in Luzon. (Wikipedia/Philippine eagle)  

Aguiluz wrote at 2007-12-03 09:10:23
Philippine Eagles hunting methods of flying lemurs and other tree dwelling animals:

The structure of the eagle (its goshawk-like

appearance) is an adaptation to allow high maneuverability during sudden rapid attack, but the species frequently soars and is rarely seen in flapping flight (Kennedy 1977); however, in what was then thought the first direct observation of an eagle hunting, a bird was observed (at 10h40) “in a hard-flapping flight through the canopy of trees and crashed into the TREE CROWNS and aerial epiphytic plants [during] 8 short flights... the quick twists and turns of its head and rapid flight style [indicating its] purposeful intensity” (PECP Fourth Quarter Report 1987)(this account suggests that the bird may have been attempting to flush prey by noisily “attacking” certain forest features either themselves likely to contain an

appropriate animal or, by virtue of the disturbance, so as to induce panic and movement in nearby unseen animals). Rapid pursuit is not, however, the only hunting method: Kennedy

(1981c) claimed to have discovered why the species has such long legs, and how it manages to

exploit such strictly nocturnal mammals as flying lemurs,

Studies of flying lemurs nevertheless suggest that they generally roost in the crowns of trees and are presumably caught there (N. R. Ingle in litt. 1997). Birds are reported to hunt both singly and in pairs, in the latter case apparently when targeting monkeys (Kennedy 1977).

Source:http://birdbase.hokkaido-ies.go.jp/rdb/rdb_en/pithjeff.pdf (page 14 of ECOLOGY)

David 2013 wrote at 2013-12-07 12:51:47
Group believes "Super Typhoon-Yolanda" failed to dent PH eagle population..

“Although Yolanda (Haiyan) is the biggest storm to ever hit land in recorded history, its effect to the rainforests in the Philippines would not be as great as those [trees] in urban areas,” Artiaga said when asked whether the many fallen trees will likely affect the habitat of the Philippine Eagles.

Fortunately, the Philippine Eagles living in the provinces of Samar and Leyte were sheltered from the wrath of Yolanda’s winds by endemic natural rainforests, a nature and wildlife conservation group said.

“The Philippine Eagles that are native to the area are used to the stormy environment,” Biologist Kevin Carlo Artiaga of Haribon Foundation said in an exclusive interview with INQUIRER.net.

“Although this is a big storm, they have mechanisms to escape from the brunt of the storm, they hide within the interior of the forest where the wind is not that strong,” he said

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