July 15, 1995: The Philippine eagle was declared as Philippine national bird
On July 15, 1995, President Fidel Ramos signed Proclamation No. 615 declaring the Philippine Eagle as the national bird.
The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), also known as the Monkey-eating Eagle, stands a meter high, weighs from four to seven kilograms, and has a grip three times the strength of the strongest man on earth.
With a wingspan of nearly seven feet and a top speed of 80 kilometers per hour, it can gracefully swoop down on an unsuspecting monkey and carry it off without breaking flight.
The Monkey-eating Eagle is found only in the Philippines, particularly on the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. Today, most of the eagles can be found only in the surrounding areas of Mount Apo in Davao.
It is critically endangered, mainly due to massive loss of habitat due to deforestation in most of its range. Killing a Philippine Eagle is punishable under Philippine law by twelve (12) years in jail and heavy fines.
The Philippine Eagle is featured on at least twelve stamps from the Philippines, with dates ranging from 1967 to 2007. It was also depicted on the 50 centavo coins minted from 1981 to 1994.