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Individual study: Artificial insemination leads to fertile eggs and chicks in prairie falcons Falco mexicanus

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Boyd L.L., Boyd N.S. & Dobler F.C. (1977) Reproduction of prairie falcons by artificial insemination. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 41, 266-271


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Use artificial insemination in captive breeding Bird Conservation

A replicated ex situ study in the USA in 1973-5 (Boyd et al. 1977) found that five prairie falcons Falco mexicanus that were artificially inseminated laid a total of 37 eggs (although none in 1973), of which 19 were fertile and 15 hatched. Twelve chicks eventually fledged. Sperm was taken from a single male and either used immediately or refrigerated and used within ten hours.