February 23, 2009 08:16 PM

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… Stephen Colbert? The Comedy Central personality recently had a rather interesting honor bestowed upon him, when San Jose, Calif., mayor (and Colbert Report fan) Chuck Reed named a local falcon in the comedian’s honor. Esteban Colbert, a peregrine falcon, nests atop San Jose’s city hall, along with his mate Clara. The two are often seen on the city’s “Falcon Cam,” which live-streams their comings and goings for area residents to see. Though the human Colbert probably hasn’t yet met his feathered counterpart, it’s not the first time he’s had an animal named for him: The funnyman also shares a moniker with a bald eagle in the San Francisco Zoo and an elephant seal at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

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