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Innate behavior and imprinting.
Transcript of Innate behavior and imprinting.
By Callum Peters & Bradley Websdell
L.O Describe the different behaviours exhibitied by animals.
What is imprinting and innate behaviour?
First described by Konrad Lorenz, imprinting is said to occur when innate behaviors are released in response to a learnt stimulus. Most imprinting promotes survival of newborn animals and shapes their future breeding activities. Imprinting has a number of characteristics.
Behaviors that are closely controlled by genes with little or no environmental influence are called innate behaviors . These are behaviors that occur naturally in all members of a species whenever they are exposed to a certain stimulus . Innate behaviors do not have to be learned or practiced. They are also called instinctive behaviors.
Innate behaviour and imprinting explained.
A prime example of innate behaviour is shown by tigers.
It has such innate behaviours such as secreting around an area to mark its territory and stalking its prey for food. These behaviours are learned naturally throughout the course of the tiger’s lifetime and take time to master. The tiger secretes to warn others of its territory and show dominance amongst other male tigers to attract and potentially mate with female tigers. Reproduction is also another innate behaviour because it is passed on via their parent’s genes.