I’m sure at least one of you woke up this morning asking yourself this question, right? Your brain was just repeating “Monkey-eating eagles. Monkey-eating eagles….” And then you shook your head and thought, “What the heck? Eagles that eat monkeys?? ” Yup! You got it! Also more formally known as the Philippine Eagle. Less formally known as me 😉 (Scroll below to see how you can give a poor, but entertaining, imitation of these huge birds like I did for my son.) I really went “all in” learning about these birds as soon as I saw their name mentioned by a friend from the Philippines, and hope that you appreciate them too!
So let’s go back to the beginning. Do these eagles really eat monkeys? And how big are these monkeys that the eagles are eating? What exactly is happening over there in the Philippines? Excellent questions.
YES! They really do eat monkeys, and not just the itty-bitty spider monkeys either. We’re talking about eating 2-ft tall macaque monkeys and lemurs, along with island snakes and lizards! Yikes! As you are probably wondering now, these are indeed the largest eagle species in the world (although not necessarily the bulkiest), with a wingspan of about 6 feet! Look out, monkeys! These magnificent birds are truly huge and exceptionally gorgeous! Sadly, they are nearly extinct! If you have an animal activist in your home, talk with them about how they think they can help animals like the monkey-eating eagle. Do they want to go help do some yard work, and pick up any litter in the street? Can they help take out the recycling, or start a recycling movement in your house? Plant some flowers, a tree, or other plants that can help your local environment. Maybe they want to see if their zoo has a volunteer program, which typically applies to teenagers. If all your children are too young to volunteer, why not spark an interest and plan for it early with a trip to the zoo now?!
And if its too rainy, windy, or snowy to go to the zoo this season, then the good ol’ internet still has your back! National Geographic was able to capture some amazing footage of these fluffy-headed predators raising an infant! It’s actually pretty amazing.
I mean, come on, did you see how big that fledgling was?! For the future zoologists, who might want to understand exactly how big this bird is, try this little demonstration at home:
A Lot of Paper, or poster board/cardboard, or newspaper
Ribbon or Yarn
Sticks or Hangers
You can see in the picture above that I’m not suggesting anything fancy. You’re at the wrong place for fancy art today, sorry. But I got your back if you’re looking for easy and entertaining!
Spread out some newspaper, or unroll a giant roll of paper, maybe even use poster board. (My personal preference was obviously newspaper, because I don’t mind wasting it on art projects when it would otherwise waste on the street.) You want to make sure you have enough to make a 6ft long eagle. Depending on your chosen material, you may need to tape or glue pieces to hold it together as one. Your child doesn’t need it to be perfect and last forever. It just needs to be fun for the afternoon. And if you’re little one is too little to wear 6 foot long wings around the house, I personally think that’s even more fun! Scroll down to see how I was the one wearing the eagle wings!
If they are big enough to sport some heavy feathers, have him or her lay down on the chosen material while you trace the outline of their arms and hands. Once their upper body is traced, you can draw some giant wings around your child’s outline and cut it out. Or just skip straight to the wings. Or don’t even worry about the shape at all! (I didn’t.) The rest is like building a kite. If you’re a real go-getter, maybe that’s exactly what you’ll do – make a kite out of this! Tape down sticks or hangers to each wing to give it a bit of a skeleton, maybe hang some ribbons on it for decor, or just tie a small loop around your little one’s arms and the hanger for an easy way to flap their wings! Is your child suddenly looking like a monkey swallowed up by a massive eagle with huge wings? If so, you’ve done a good job on this art project. Now, go teach your little Philippine eagle to fly and see what they hunt down in your backyard!
Here is a short clip we caught of me pretending to be an eagle, swooping in to catch my little monkey! Seriously, can you believe how huge those wings are?! That’s a 6-ft wing span I’m wearing, and I’m about 5’7″!
I would love to see pictures and videos of how you made your monkey-eating eagle! You can find me on FB, Insta, and Twitter! Just search for ColorMeCC! Or leave it in the comments below!
If you and your little one thought that the monkey-eating eagle was amazing, then use your local library, Google, or a local zoo to learn more about other Filipino animals, like the Kalabaw and the mouse deer! Teaching our children to turn to the right people, like zoo keepers and librarians, when we have questions is not only a vital skill to set apart successful people, but also opportunity for such great memories!
If you want to learn more about the Philippines, check out my description of their amazing tradition of respect and learn how you can apply it in your home by clicking here.
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