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why do they call bald eagles bald

Hello windoze,
Good question. Bald eagles are actually not bald at all. The word bald is an archaic old world reference from the word piebald meaning marked with white. Mature Bald eagles have white feathered heads and approximately 7,000 feathers, in layers that trap air to insulate them from the cold and rain, of the winters here in British Columbia. Eagles vary in their feathers by age. Young eagles have more camouflauged markings than the white feathered heads of the adults, as below: Regards, Have you seen Norman s gallery lately?

Check this one out in Thank You! 12. Possessing Bald Eagle feathers is against the law. As tempting as it may be to own a token of our beloved national bird, doing so is actually a federal crime,. There are exception to this, however. Native Americans who use feathers in religious ceremonies are exempt from the law, but must attain Bald Eagle feathers from a government repository in Denver where the bodies of dead birds are kept in storage. 13.

They were once nearly extinct, but conservation brought them back from the brink. During the 18th century, there were an estimated 500,000 Bald Eagles soaring in the skies of North America, living symbols of a proud new nation. In the decades that followed, they began to diminish due to habitat loss and because they'd become a frequent target among hunters and trappers.

By 1940, killing the birds became illegal, but their decline continued from another threat -- the widely-used pesticide DDT, the runoff from which poisoned huge portions of their food supply. In the 1950s, only 412 breeding eagle pairs were counted in the whole of the contiguous 48 states.

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