Did you know that Bald Eagles aren't really bald? Where would they get a name like that then, right? How did the Bald Eagle get its name? After doing extensive research, and by this I mean googling, I came up with this.
The adult bird’s head, neck and tail are covered with white feathers. Its body feathers are dark brown.
One popular idea of how the bald eagle got its name is that the eagle’s snowy white head makes it look bald when seen at a distance.
Perhaps the correct explanation is that the bald eagle was named at a time when the word “bald” meant “white”. When the American colonists saw this bird for the first time, they called it “baldheaded.” By this they meant that it had a white head.
So is bald slang for white? It's a good thing they didn't use other slang words for bald back then. Imagine our famous Bald Eagle being called the Chrome Dome Eagle, or the Cue Ball Eagle, what about the Follicly Challenged Eagle? That would be worse than Benjamin Franklin's idea of the turkey being the national emblem!
So, despite its name, the Bald Eagle is not bald. I know this for a fact, after going through many photos with a fine tooth comb (haha).
Just to prove to you that Bald Eagles aren't really bald, I took these eagle photos at Anchor Point.