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Stephen Colbert Gets A Falcon Namesake

02/20/09 11:19 PM ET   AP

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — It helps to have fans in high places. Just ask Stephen Colbert, who has had a peregrine falcon making its nest atop City Hall named after him.

The male falcon was dubbed "Esteban Colbert" by Mayor Chuck Reed, an admirer of the Comedy Central star. Like the human Colbert, Esteban is comfortable before cameras; he and his new mate, Clara, have their rooftop rendezvous beamed throughout the world by way of a FalconCam the city installed when baby falcons turned up on City Hall three years ago.

The falcon is the third wild bird or mammal to be named after the host of "The Colbert Report." Breeders at the San Francisco Zoo named a bald eagle Stephen Jr. in 2006.

Last month, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, christened a pair of elephant seals Stelephant Colbert and Jon Sealwart, the latter after Colbert's fellow Comedy Central pundit, Jon Stewart.

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FalconCam: http://www.sanjoseca.gov

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Filed by Katherine Thomson  |