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What are some examples of imprinting?

1 Answer
Mar 29, 2015

I'm assuming you're question refers to filial imprinting, or imprinting of offspring onto a parent. I think the most common and well-used example of imprinting would be ducks like in the photo below.https://d2gne97vdumgn3.cloudfront.net/api/file/yKHsUsSBOeyvruIoSTeA

Other animals that imprint include chicken and geese. The movie Fly Away Home is about imprinting.

Sexual imprinting , when an animal learns to distinguish what an appropriate mate looks like to avoid inbreeding, occurs in goats, zebra finches, and pandas.

To learn more about imprinting, check out this PBS webpage .