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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Two years ago, a fledgling bald eagle got entangled in some, broke both legs, and had to be euthanized. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Horizon Wings Shares Majesty Of Area Raptors," 29 May 2018 According to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, bald eagles were extinct in Massachusetts during the early 1900s. Don Lyman,, "There’s a celebration at the Mystic Lakes. The eagles are here.," 26 Apr. 2018 One clip made with the help of the studio’s green screen shows a bald girl soaring through the sky, flanked by bald eagles and Canada geese. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 After a bald eagle was shot at close range and left in a bucket near a dirt road in Maine, officials are offering a reward to help find the bird's killer. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Bald eagle shot at close range and stuffed in bucket: 'We need to find out who did it'," 1 June 2018 Google Doodle animations on the Fourth of July in the past featured traditionally patriotic imagery, with American flags and bald eagles. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "The Fourth of July Google Doodle Celebrates Each State's Most Popular Holiday Recipes," 3 July 2018 The Eagles are among the Conservation Fund’s business partners, and bald eagles are one of the species that call the property home. Jason Nark,, "Nonprofit purchases 32K-plus acres of forest in Western Pa.," 30 May 2018 Boardwalks abound and offer excellent opportunities for birders to stretch their legs. Pelicans and herons are on view in August and September, and 500 bald eagles roost here at Bear Valley in winter. Julie H. Case, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oregon’s volcanic byway offers views of where lava shaped the land," 22 May 2018 In the marsh, ducks, geese and bald eagles are flourishing across the four major flyways of North America. Tom Stienstra,, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 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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