Male prairie falcon imprinted on its human trainer voluntary deposits semen by pressing its cloaca against a specially designed collection hat.   Note that the falcon's feet are closed so that its talons are not exposed during "copulation".  Semen deposited in this way can be recovered in a capillary tube and used for evaluating semen quality and for artificial insemination.   This is a valuable conservation tool that contributed significantly to the restoration of the once endangered peregrine falcon.

Semen deposition by prairie falcon imprinted on man

Credit: John Parks

Digital Credit: John Parks

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Description: Male prairie falcon imprinted on its human trainer voluntary deposits semen by pressing its cloaca against a specially designed collection hat. Note that the falcon's feet are closed so that its talons are not exposed during "copulation". Semen deposited in this way can be recovered in a capillary tube and used for evaluating semen quality and for artificial insemination. This is a valuable conservation tool that contributed significantly to the restoration of the once endangered peregrine falcon.

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