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Example of Animal Behaviors

Turkey Imprinting

Turkey Imprinting

This is an example of imprinting. Imprinting is when a young animal recognizes another animal as a parent and learns about themselves. Birds and mammals are pre programed to imprint to their mothers. Since turkeys are birds, at a young age they follow their mother around learning about themselves and how to mate. In this experiment since birds often recognize the first moving object as their mother, a researcher replaced himself as the mother and the turkeys followed him around as if he was their mother.

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Goose Fixed Action Pattern

Goose Fixed Action Pattern

This video is an example of fixed action pattern. A fixed action pattern is an act that occurs behaviorally in organisms in response to some sort of sign stimulus. A mother goose will always push an egg thats has separated from the nest back into the nest with the same beak motion every time. This action is seen in the video when an eight ball is placed outside the nest the goose rolls the "egg" back into the nest.

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Peacock Mating

Peacock Mating

This is an example of sexual selection. Sexual selection, relating to mating, is when once sex has a preference of an individual characteristic of the other sex. Male peacocks have beautiful tails. Female peacocks do not have these beautiful tails but instead picks her mate from the male selection based off who can impress her with the prettiest tail.

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Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

This is an example of migration. Migration is a seasonal movement of animals from one region to another region. These Monarch butterflies are unable to stand the cold winters of the United States so they migrate southward into Mexico and sometimes Southern California depending on where they lived originally.

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