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The bald eagle (known as águila americana or águila de cabeza blanca in Spanish and Haliaeetus leucocephalus in scientific nomenclature) is a national symbol to the United States and holds special significance to most, if not all, Native American peoples.

The bird's popular name, "bald eagle," derives from the Celtic “bal” and subsequently old English "balde," meaning white; its scientific name indicates sea (halo) eagle (aeetos) with white (leukos) head. The bald eagle is the only large brown bird with a white head and tail. There are two subspecies of bald eagles: "southern" bald eagles are found in Texas and Baja California to South Carolina and Florida while "northern" bald eagles live north of 40 degrees north latitude throughout North America. About half of the world's bald eagles live in Alaska.


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