It's Maya and Keko in naming contest for newborn San Jose falcons

Popular website showing nesting falcons is watched by thousands

For those who've been following the video-broadcast nestings of falcons on a ledge of the San Jose City Hall, the naming contest is over for two of the newborns.

They've been named Maya and Kekoa.

The winning names for the celebrity falcons Clara and Esteban Colbert's offspring were announced Thursday night.

The results came amid some sad news: one of the three baby falcon chicks died for unknown reasons Thursday morning.

The falcon chicks were born last month on a ledge atop San Jose

City Hall. This is Clara's fourth nesting season at City Hall and her second with mate Esteban Colbert. There were initially four chicks; one died shortly after it was born.

The chick that died Thursday morning was known by fans as "Little Boy Blue,'' said Michelle McGurk, spokeswoman for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

The city held a contest in which local schoolchildren submitted

suggestions to name the young falcons. The public was allowed to vote on the top submissions online, and voting ended at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The winning name of Maya for the female falcon was submitted by

Megan, a first-grader at Forest Hill Elementary School in San Jose.

The male name that got the most votes—Kekoa—was submitted by

Tiffany, a sophomore at Independence High School.

More than 1,600 people participated in the online poll.

The FalconCam, a live streaming video of the falcons' nest, can be viewed on the San Jose's city website at

Bay City News contributed to this report.


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