How Did the Bald Eagle Get Its Name and Are Bald Eagles Really Bald?

The Bald Eagle, also known by its scientific name Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is a bird of prey native to North America.

bald eagle head

Bald eagles have white head feathers that contrast with their brown-and-gray body feathers.

The word bald actually comes from the Old English root bhel, meaning “gleaming,” or “white,” and this is where they got their name.

The bald eagle’s diet consists mostly of fish, but it is an opportunistic feeder.

The species was on the brink of extinction in the United States late in the 20th century, but has now recovered and has been officially removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species.

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  1. bryan says

    i think it came from the word piebald meaning different colors or spotted with black or white

    it was called piebald eagle which eventually evolved to bald eagle

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