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Often referred to as “Garuda”, the mythical bird in Hindu Buddhist beliefs, Javan Eagle, a species of raptor that only lives in Java Island, is recognized as Indonesia’s national bird and icon. Since it was listed as full species in 1953 its number in the wild is decreasing rapidly. Conservation effort is now under way to save this unique creature.

The raptor had also been marked as endangered on IUCN Red List of Threatened species.

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