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 Despite being a beloved national symbol, only 417 bald eagle nesting pairs were confirmed in the mainland U.S. about 60 years ago. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "From American bald eagles to sustainable palm oil, progress takes flight," 21 Apr. 2021 The act is credited with the recovery of several iconic species, including the brown pelican, American alligator, Louisiana black bear and bald eagle. Tristan Baurick,, "Lawsuit aims to force federal action before the Pearl River's namesake fish goes extinct," 23 Jan. 2021 The bald eagle was removed from the list of threatened or endangered species in 2007. NBC News, "Bald eagle populations soar in lower 48 states, research finds," 25 Mar. 2021 About 180,000 bird watchers around the nation reported their bald eagle sightings to the database, according to Amanda Rodewald, senior director for avian population studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which maintains eBird. Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times, "In what is hailed as a conservation success story, bald eagle numbers have soared," 24 Mar. 2021 People can also donate by buying a cardinal or bald eagle license plate at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or a legacy stamp from the ODNR website. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Trumpeter swans on the rise in Ohio, but bird remains on state-threatened list," 12 Mar. 2021 As Santiva docked at Cayo Costa, Richard spotted our first bald eagle soaring above the tree line. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, "Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds," 19 Feb. 2021 And the male bald eagle, Mr. President, is smitten. Washington Post, "A new, younger ‘First Lady’ bald eagle moves in at the National Arboretum," 2 Mar. 2021 Their wingspan is similar to a bald eagle's, about 6 feet across. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "A Minneapolis author's search for rare 'ice owls' is a page turner," 9 Feb. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Bald eagle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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