bald eagle


Definition of bald eagle

: an eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) of North America that is brown when young with white only on the undersides of the wings but in full adult plumage has white head and neck feathers and a white tail

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Examples of bald eagle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bald eagle can be seen in a video posted by the Centre Wildlife Care taking a minute to explore its surroundings before spreading its wings and flying away. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A bald eagle has been released back into the wild after recovering from lead poisoning," 23 May 2020 The bald eagle is one of Ohio’s greatest wildlife success stories. Sarah Brookbank,, "More than 700 bald eagle nests reported in Ohio," 23 Apr. 2020 The bald eagle is a national symbol. Rebelling against taxes is a national tradition. Madeline Fry, Washington Examiner, "A bald eagle sticks it to tax season," 30 Jan. 2020 On his own, the bald eagle flew right in front of me, just like 40 to 50 feet away. Tom Stienstra,, "The 8 best wildlife photos from 2019 in California," 18 Jan. 2020 Up to 200 bald eagles frequent King County's only landfill, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, near Renton, where 2,500 tons of garbage a day are stacked upon a hulking trash mountain the size of 700 football fields. David Gutman, Anchorage Daily News, "Washington county wants to shoot fireworks at trash-bombing eagles," 18 Feb. 2020 Millions of birds across the United States, including bald eagles, are poisoned by lead every year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Bald eagles across the United States are dying from lead poisoning," 16 Feb. 2020 There were also two bald eagles at Jackson Point, two common ravens, and a palm warbler at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, and a brown thrasher at Milestone Cranberry Bog., "Bird sightings," 16 Feb. 2020 In spring, keep your eyes open for baby bald eagles hatching and leaving their nests. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Spring Break Trips for Adventure Lovers on a Budget," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bald eagle

1688, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2020

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“Bald eagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bald eagle

: a very large bird of North America that has a white head and white tail feathers

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Kids Definition of bald eagle

: a North American eagle that when full-grown has white head and neck feathers

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