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A dozen new peregrine falcon chicks have been born atop the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Throgs Neck Bridge, the agency said.

The falcons remain on the New York State’s endangered birds list.

An MTA worker holds a peregrine falcon chick atop the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. (credit: MTA/Patrick Cashin)

An MTA worker holds a peregrine falcon chick atop the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. (credit: MTA/Patrick Cashin)

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The falcons like to nest atop bridges, steeples and other high-rise structures because it affords them an excellent way to spot prey.

The chicks have been banded to help wildlife experts keep track of them.

The MTA has participated in the state’s nesting program since 1983, providing a nesting box atop the bridges, the agency said.

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