I have been going back and forth the past years to the home of the Philippine Eagle Center- Davao City but I never had the chance to really visit the center. I always say that its just there. Anyway, time came to finally visit the place and I learned a lot thru our very helpful guide- Sir Obet.
I wanna share with you se7en of the many things we learned while touring the Philippine Eagle Center:
1. Pithecophaga jefferyi is the Philippine Eagle’s scientific name. It was once called monkey-eating eagle because the first one that was seen ate monkeys off the mountains of Bonga, Eastern Samar. “Pithecus” or monkey and “phagus” or eater of then added with jefferyi in honor of Jeffery Whitehead, the father of the John Whitehead, an English explorer and naturalist who first observed the bird and sent samples in London.
2. Philippine eagles are monogamous. They have only one partner in their entire life. Now I won’t be surprised if your girlfriend wished you become a Philippine eagle right now. 😉
3. Philippine eagles are uber territorial- an eagle couple needs 7,000-13,000 hectares of forest to live. They will kill another eagle should they found them in their territory. This means that the more forest we mine/log, the more eagles get endangered.
4. Philippine Eagles have powerful eyesight. Yep, more powerful than Superman. Philippine Eagles’ eyes are 8x more powerful than the human eye. That’s like having a pair of telescopes with them. They see at least 3 kilometer or more.
5. Philippine Eagles know family planning. Do you know that eagles only lay an egg every 2 years? This is because they need to train their young first before making another one. Very responsible parenting! I wish Pinoys would learn from their National Bird.
6. Eagles knows how to groom themselves. I’ll add two words on your vocabulary- “preening” and “allogrooming.” Preening is the way eagles groom himself/herself with the use of its own beak. Fixing their feathers to look good so when the time comes to find a mate, they look fab. Allogrooming is for couples. The male eagle grooms the female first and vice versa. If we are to apply this to human, its like shaving each other or maybe doing hairuct or even bathing one another. How sweet eh?
7. We humans are the number one threat to the Philippine Eagle. This is because of rapid loss of their habitat- deforestation, mining, illegal logging, slash-and-burn and even gaming. but we can change that today. Please do visit the Philippine Eagle Foundation website for ways how to help.
Looking for sure way to help, do share this blogpost and let your friends know!
Note: The Philippine Eagle Center is also home to other raptors like the serpent eagle, brahmimy kite, hawk eagle, white-bellied sea eagle, scops owls, and other endemic species.
How to get to the Philippine Eagle Center:
1. Ride the van to Calinan. Van terminal can be found near Bankerohan Public Market. (Fare: P46. Travel time: 45mins).
2. From Calinan, you can find habal-habal/motorcycles going to the Philippine Eagle Center (Fare: Php 40, good for 2pax. Travel time: 10minutes).
Going back to Davao City- Ride the habal-habal again at the highway (Fare: P10), tell the driver to bring you to the van terminal going to Davao City.
The Philippine Eagle Center is open from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Park entrance fee: Php5.00
Philippine Eagle Center fee: Php50.00 (Adult); Php30.00 (Youth)
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