Philippine Eagle Week

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The week of June 4 to 9 each year is observed as Philippine Eagle Week, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 79 signed on February 24, 1999, to instill in the minds of the Filipino people the importance of the Philippine Eagle as a biological indicator of the forest ecosystems. It aims to celebrate the beauty of the country's national bird and attract interest and support for the eagle and environmental conservation efforts.The Philippine Eagle, scientifically known as Pithecophaga jefferyi, is one of the rarest eagles in the world. Charles Lindbergh, an American aviator, described it as "the world's noblest of flyers." It is endemic in the Philippines and can be found only in the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. It measures about one meter in height and weighs up to four kilograms. It has a dark face and a creamy-brown nape and crown. Its back is colored dark brown while the underparts are white. It has yellow feet and dark brown tail. It has a prominent large, high-arched, deep bluish gray beak and bluish eyes. The denudation of our rainforests has caused the rapid decrease of this species which is now in danger of extinction. …