The city's most eligible bird bachelor—quite possibly its most eligible bachelor full stop—now has some stiff competition in the form of one very majestic urban hawk. This handsome raptor's rugged good looks stopped traffic on Tuesday afternoon, when it alighted on a local minivan and immediately attracted hordes of thirsty onlookers with its regal bird bod.
Manhattan Bird Alert tweeted footage (filmed by Twitter user @ash_ferlito) of the scene, showing pedestrians stopping to ogle Van Hawk and Instagram its sumptuous feathered pantaloons. The minivan's driver, meanwhile, was gracious enough to plant at the corner of 26th and 2nd Avenue and just let this very attractive stranger hold court.
— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) October 30, 2018
Such stoicism, such hawk, such utter unconcern for your agenda.
— Ash (@ash_ferlito) October 30, 2018
David Barrett, who runs the Manhattan Bird Alert Twitter account, could not confirm Van Hawk's gender. He did, however, note that Van Hawk is a red-tailed hawk, a breed native to New York City and to the whole continental U.S., really. In 2018, Manhattan houses 10 known red-tail nests, Barrett added, nodding to the infamous Upper East Side resident, Pale Male, who began roosting in a luxury Fifth Avenue building (Mary Tyler Moore's, in fact) a few years after his hatching in 1990. Hawks enjoy high perches, Barrett continued, like "buildings, light poles, trees," minivans. This particular specimen appears to be a juvenile, and its young age may explain its lack of perturbedness with respect to the traffic snarl its presence created.
"Perhaps this hawk does not yet know about what to expect from cars"—namely, that they HONK, especially when stalled in traffic—"or from people!" Barrett mused. "Young birds of many species are like that: They are more trusting and curious. They might come right up to you. Having not yet had any bad experiences with people or cars, this hawk may think nothing of the situation."
Or perhaps Van Hawk is just used to people losing their shit over its stunning beauty. Certainly, our hawk bachelor seems laid back and non-confrontational—although Barrett added that red-tails "attack by surprise, swooping down" on their prey without warning, so at least you will never be bored.
To recap: Van Hawk is not as rare a bird as the perfect 10 currently cruising around Central Park Pond, but presents no obvious trust issues, seems unruffled by chaos, retains an air of aloof mystery, is gregarious-yet-reserved, and amply able to help with your building's vermin problem! What the heck else could you possibly want in a life partner??