When scovies mate, does the male's 'corkscrew' need to penetrate the female's vent. In the copulations I have observed so far (or what are supposed to be copulations!!!), the drake, after stomping all over the poor hen and finally getting his orientation does the tail wiggle, gets 'area' real close to the hen's cloaca, (at this point, my view is blocked by his tail/hind quarters), then he seems to touch, falls off the hen gasping, then his corkscrew appears, like going in a different direction, clearly never having penetrated. I do not believe the seminal fluid comes out the tip of the corkscrew but from the base (cf. Holderread); so what I am seeing would not indicate a 'non-copulation' situation, but would actually make perfect sense. I wanted to get some thoughts on this. God's creation is just marvellous. And how sweet those little creatures are when they ecstatically flutter at the water bowl just afterwards!!!!