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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Since its passage in 1973, it’s been credited with helping the rebound of the bald eagle, the grizzly bear, the humpback whale, and many other species living throughout the US and in its waterways. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Endangered Species Act is incredibly popular. The administration is seeking to weaken it anyway.," 20 July 2018 In the middle of an asphalt parking lot, atop a dead pine tree, lives a bald eagle that has endured real-life plot twists worthy of the steamiest soap opera. Nara Schoenberg,, "A tale of lost love, mistaken identity, courageous single parenting — and bald eagles," 18 June 2019 The numbers of Sierra bighorn sheep, elk, mountain lions, bears, waterfowl, whales, otters and bald eagles are at 50-year highs. Tom Stienstra,, "California hunters face nation’s first lead ammo ban," 16 June 2019 Czaplak said the tracking ended May 10 after he was confronted by Parlatore who discovered the code in an unusual logo of an American flag with a bald eagle perched on the scales of justice beneath the prosecutor's signature. CBS News, "Prosecutor removed from case of Navy SEAL charged with war crimes," 4 June 2019 There are bald eagles nesting outside our store window, and the sound of crickets and cicadas all summer. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Sunrise Ruffalo, Wife of Actor Mark Ruffalo, Launches a Chic Homewares Pop-Up in Los Angeles," 18 Apr. 2019 People living in the Seattle suburbs are having to deal with a unique nuisance: Residents are reporting that bald eagles have been dropping trash into their yards, and no one is quite sure how to deal with it. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs," 4 Apr. 2019 Pulling together As the welcoming ceremony began Saturday, a bald eagle flew overhead. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s amazing’: Puyallup Tribe hosts more than 100 tribes traveling Salish Sea," 28 July 2018 Then the young critter stops dead in its tracks — and a bald eagle swiftly swoops down and latches onto the fox. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Watch as a bald eagle and red fox fight it out over a rabbit in this mid-air battle | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of bald eagle

1688, in the meaning defined above

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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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