Four Peregrine Chicks Hatch Atop Superman Building

May 5, 2016

The iconic Superman Building may be vacant, but it has no trouble attracting peregrine falcons. The skyscraper’s current residents welcomed four chicks this week.

Over the past 16 years, three female peregrine falcons have made the Superman Building their home. The current resident falcon laid four eggs, and all four eggs hatched this week. But not all of them will survive, according to Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

“We have lost a couple of birds after they have fledged and are learning to fly through the city,” said Hall. “Some have flown into the building and died.”

Others have been eaten by predators. In about 23 days, a biologist will band the birds with a special ID to keep track of their survival and life history. 

You can see the peregrine family through the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Peregrine Falcon Webcam.