Saturday, April 14, 2012

Another eagle bred in captivity

The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) on Saturday announced that another eagle specie of bird of prey has been successfully bred and hatched.

PEF director Dennis Salvador said the first Pinsker's hawk eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri) bred in captivity on April 2 in Calinan district in Davao City. The specie is endemic to the country and known to thrive in tropical and moist lowland forest. Salvador said the eagle weighed a mere 57.2 grams.

"We have to carefully and constantly monitor the chick and make notes on its progress since it is the first Pinsker’s hawk eagle hatched under our breeding program," Salvador said.

"We need everyone's contribution to ensure that the Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle population will increase, especially in the wild," Salvador added.

Pag-asa was the first Philippine eagle bred and hatched in captivity, back in 1992, since PEF's conservation and breeding program started.

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