Finland Salutes New York's Pale Male

Share Article today announced the release of Finnish artist Oiva Toikka's newest glass bird--Pale Male.

One might think New Yorkers had their fill of celebrities, but an unusual red-tailed hawk has certainly proven otherwise. Pale Male (, aptly dubbed for his light coloring, earned a name for himself when he set up home on one of the most exclusive buildings on Fifth Avenue. Since his arrival in 1991, he has taken several mates and raised an impressive urban family, all under the doting gaze of his many fans.

Despite his rural upbringing, Pale Male is no stranger to city life's finer things; he frequents Woody Allen's balcony and hunts for rodents in New York's historic Central Park. The unlikely bird has even garnered a fan base that includes the likes of Mary Tyler Moore. These faithful fans ardently follow his every move and defend his rights to the city he calls home.

News of the Fifth Avenue hawk has spread globally. Renowned Finnish glass artist Oiva Toikka ( was instantly intrigued by the Pale Male story. Toikka has a special relationship with birds--he has created glass bird designs for over 30 years for Iittala, Finland's leading glassworks. Iittala's glassblowers work in a remote Finnish village recreating Toikka's designs for collectors worldwide. Pale Male so intrigued the artist that he created his first ever glass bird based on a specific living bird. Only 1,000 copies of Toikka's Pale Male are being made, making this brilliant tribute highly collectible., headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, is one of the largest importers of Iittala mouth-blown glass birds in the United States. received its first allocation of Pale Male glass birds this month and is offering them to collectors at their website. Many collectors of birds by Toikka reside in New York, explaining why Pale Male has been one of the company's most anticipated new releases of the year.

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