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Pale Male

Ellen Michaels

  In New York City's Central Park, you can see the country's most famous Red-tailed Hawk. He's named Pale Male because of his unusually light coloring. And he has a multi-million-dollar view from his nest on a co-op building above Fifth Avenue. Pale Male first set up housekeeping in this high-rent neighborhood in 1992, and he's been living off pigeons and producing young, off and on, ever since. He's 22 years old, and he has out-lived five of his mates. Last February, his most recent mate consumed a poisoned rat and died. Rat poison is a real problem for these birds and others!