American Prairie Falcon
Imaged on the outskirts of Forest Lake,MN.
This species is often used in falconry. Although it is considered hard to train and unpredictable, the Prairie Falcon is the most popular falcon in the U.S., due to its abundance and relative ease to acquire. It is sometimes hybridized with Peregrine Falcons and Gyrfalcons.
The U.S. population is estimated to be stable or increasing at over 5000 pairs, with perhaps 200 pairs breeding in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in Idaho. As in all falcons, females are noticeably bigger than males.