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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Haines Highway, Alaska Also known as Eagle Valley, this stretch of road is a nesting ground for bald eagles, so be sure to keep an eye out for incredible wildlife sitings. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Convertible Drives Across the U.S.," 26 July 2018 The area has a surprisingly rich biodiversity of avian species, even attracting bald eagles in winter. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 In 1991, one year after forming their partnership Parton and the AEF released their first bald eagle into the Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood. Maria Pasquini,, "Dolly Parton Donates Her 100 Millionth Book — All the Ways She's Given Back to Charity," 1 Mar. 2018 Heyde was called later that day to rescue yet another bald eagle. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Rescued bald eagle refuses flight of freedom," 15 Jan. 2018 Milwaukee When the Trump administration announced a plan last week to overhaul the Endangered Species Act, the frantic reactions were illustrated with pictures of humpback whales and baby bald eagles. Cori Petersen, WSJ, "Wolves Attack Wisconsin With Washington’s Help," 27 July 2018 Federal wildlife officials have estimated there are now about 143,000 bald eagles in the United States. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "It all starts with a ‘pip’: Bald eagle egg starts to hatch.," 30 Apr. 2018 Ospreys are common and bald eagles are occasionally seen. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to San Pablo Reservoir," 18 Feb. 2018 Three trees where bald eagles were nesting were cut down this spring on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Feds seek public’s help after bald eagle nests destroyed on Kenai Peninsula," 9 June 2018

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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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