Bald Eagle

Despite its name, the bald eagles not bald.  Its head is covered with white feathers.  The eagle’s tail is also white, but the rest of its feathers are dark brown.  One idea of how the bald eagle got its name is that its snowy white head makes it appear bald when viewed from a distance.

The fact is that this North America eagle was named at a time when the word “bald” meant “white.” Early colonists called this bird “bald-headed” meaning that it was white-headed.  Only adult birds have white heads.  Young bald eagles are brown all over. – Dick Rogers