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ethology
the studyof animal behavior
behavioral ecology
study of behavior that seeks to explain how specific behaviors increase individual reproductive success
Instinct
is begavior that is innate, or inherited
FAP
fixed action patterns, innate behaviors that follow a regular unvarying pattern that is carried out to completion even if the original intent of the behavior can no longer be fulfiled, like a grayleg goose rolling her egg or the red belly of males for the male stickleback fish
Nokolaas Tinbergen
discovered that any object with a red underside initiates the same agressive FAP in male stickleback fish
Imprinting
innate program for acquiring a specific behavior only if an appropriate stimulus is experienced during a critical period, like geese and their moms and salmon that return to their birthplace to feed
critical period
limited time interval during the life of the animal where imprinting occurs