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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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 Eagle scout: Video of Paxton went viral in April when a bald eagle attempted to land on his shoulder during a pre-game ceremony in Minnesota. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Mariners' Paxton will bring his 'Eh game' against Detroit Tigers," 13 May 2018 Paxton's season has taken off since a bald eagle mistakenly landed on his shoulder before a start last month. CBS News, "Canadian James Paxton of Seattle Mariners pitches no-hitter vs. Toronto Blue Jays, in Toronto," 9 May 2018 King County has only one active landfill, where the rubbish produced by more than 1.4 million people is hauled, dumped, compacted and layered into a modest trash mountain lorded over by a fleet of semi-trucks, bulldozers and bald eagles. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County’s landfill has been almost full for two decades. What happens next?," 26 Mar. 2019 Here are the biggest moments from an episode that had an abundance of drama and a complete lack of patriotic slow-motion bald eagles. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Just Aired the Best Episode of the Season So Far," 17 Dec. 2018 Now the Alleys start the day on their small deck, watching riverboat traffic and the fast-moving water, listening to the cries of wild turkeys and looking for the occasional bald eagle to land in a nearby tree. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "The Latest Housing Hotspot: Downtown and by the River," 6 Dec. 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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