Peregrine falcons are popular birds for use in falconry, and have been utilized in this practice for over 3,000 years. These birds are trained to hunt and catch wild game. In falconry, the peregrine is often selectively crossbred with other birds in the Falco genus, including the gyrfalcon, merlin, and lanner falcon, to produce birds with specific color patterns and characteristics.
Its speed and hunting prowess make it a popular symbol in many cultures through the ages, from Native Americans to medieval Europe. It is the official city bird of Chicago, Illinois and is the national animal of the United Arab Emirates.