Philippine Eagle shot dead in Mindanao

A near-extinct Philippine Eagle was shot dead in Mindanao, the Philippine Eagle Foundation said in a report earlier this week.

Philippine Eagle
The two-year-old female raptor, which measures 3.3 feet in length, was found with a bullet embedded in its carcass in a forest in the southern island of Mindanao, Dennis Salvador of the foundation told members of the media.

The dead Philippine Eagle was turned over to Salvador's group by villagers who found its remains.

The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world's rarest and certainly among its most critical endangered vertebrate species.

The eagle is known to be geographically restricted to the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.