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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Recent Examples on the Web Some spots, including a small, non-descript island that has routinely produced large numbers and was the site of a bald eagle making a necessary pit stop, remain laughingly unprintable. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 Doorbell camera video shared by Storyful shows the terrifying moment the 8-month-old Yorkie was picked up by a bald eagle outside a family home in Metlakatla, British Columbia, on June 16. People Staff,, 27 June 2022 Video shows a mom who was breastfeeding her baby save her pet goose from a bald eagle. Colby Hentges, CNN, 27 May 2022 For three days in early May, the Alaska Raptor Center received multiple calls about a bald eagle in the Sitka Historical National Park that appeared lethargic and didn’t fly away even when people got close. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2022 At one of the day’s marquee college football games, the Ohio State University marching band performed a patriotic tribute during halftime, moving through formations that included an American flag, the State of Liberty and a bald eagle., 11 Sep. 2021 Utah’s flag contains a beehive, bald eagle, sego lilies and two U.S. flags on a navy blue background. Kim Bojórquez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 The bald eagle - the U.S. national symbol since the 1700s - saw its populations widely decimated last century due to harmful pesticides such as DDT and other problems. CBS News, 7 Apr. 2022 The bald eagle — the U.S. national symbol — was removed from protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2007, following a dramatic recovery from widespread decimation due to harmful pesticides and other problems. Matthew Brown,, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bald eagle

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bald eagle was in 1688

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“Bald eagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

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