Mar 09 2016

Peregrines Mating: How It’s Done

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Titan flies in to mate with GG, Lakewood, Ohio (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

Titan flies in to mate with GG, Lakewood, Ohio (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

Eventually peregrine courtship displays lead to the main goal — copulation.

The female solicits mating by perching in a convenient place, bowing low and whining loudly to attract the male’s attention.  He flies in and lands slowly and carefully on her back with his talons and toes curled inward so he doesn’t hurt her.

Using his wings he balances on her back.  She raises her tail and he lowers his so that their cloacas touch (called a “cloacal kiss”) to transfer sperm.  This fluttering pose may last 5-10 seconds.  They both make a lot of noise.

Titan and GG mating in Lakewood, OH (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

Titan and GG mating in Lakewood, OH (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

And then he flies away.

 

Titan leaves GG after mating, Lakewood,Ohio (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

Titan leaves GG after mating, Lakewood,Ohio (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)

 

 

(photo by Chad+Chris Saladin Click on the first image to see the sequence.)

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