A sub-adult Philippine Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus philippensis) with dark brown plumage found by a concerned citizen in Hi-way 2000 Barangay San Juan, Taytay, Rizal was surrendered to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Rizal.
The hawk-eagle was spotted gliding near their lot and accidentally fell down into a banana tree inside their vicinity. He carefully took the fragile hawk eagle and put it into the cage in order to keep it safe and has asked the assistance of the responsible agency since the said wild bird was famished and weak. Mr. Leonardo Punzal, Wildlife Enforcement Officer of PENRO-Rizal together with Taytay Patrol Sector Team Leader FT I Ren Gervacio immediately went to where the hawk-eagle was located.
According to Mr. Punzal, the Philippine Hawk-eagle might have come from Valley Golf of Antipolo City since there were a couple of hawk-eagles on the site monitored by a certain academe. Since eagles are very territorial, the grown offspring may have flown to find their own territory.
The Philippine Hawk Eagle is an endemic bird which only inhabits the Philippine forests. Based on the assessment of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the current status of this species was tagged as endangered. It was estimated that there were only 400 to 600 remaining populations of the hawk-eagle and due to habitat loss because of deforestation, its current population is still decreasing.
Furthermore, the hawk-eagle will be surrendered to the Biodiversity Management Bureau Office for proper care and will be subject to release back to its natural habitat once it has recovered its full health.