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1 Animal Behavior Chapter 13

2 Sec 1: What is Behavior? The Behavior of Animals – An animals behavior consists of all the actions it performs – Examples: behaviors include actions an animal takes to obtain food, avoid predators, and find a mate – Like body structures the behaviors of animals are adaptations that have evolved over long periods of time

3 Sec 1: What is Behavior? The Behavior of Animals – Most behavior is a complex process in which different parts of an animals body work together – Think about what happens if a water current carries a small animal to a hydra’s tentacles. After stinging cells on the tentacles catch the prey, the tentacles bend toward the hydra’s mouth. At the same time, the hydra’s mouth opens to receive the food

4 Sec 1: What is Behavior? The Behavior of Animals – Behavior as Response The touch of the prey on the tentacles acts as a stimulus to the hydra A stimulus is a signal that causes an organism to react in some way The organisms reaction to the stimulus is called a response The hydra’s response to the prey is to sting it All animal behaviors are caused by stimuli

5 Sec 1: What is Behavior? The Behavior of Animals – The Functions of Behavior Most behaviors help an animal survive or reproduce When an animal looks for food or hides to avoid a predator, it is doing something that helps it stay alive When animals search for mates and build nests for their young, they are behaving in ways that help them reproduce

6 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Behavior by Instinct – Animals perform some behaviors by instinct, without being taught – An instinct is a response to a stimulus that is inborn and that an animal performs correctly the first time – Example: a newborn kangaroo instinctively crawls into its mother’s pouch and attaches itself to a nipple. Without this instinct, baby kangaroos could not obtain the milk they need to survive

7 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Learned Behavior – Learning is the process that leads to changes in behavior based on practice or experience – Learned behavior include imprinting, conditioning, trial-and-error learning, and insight learning – Cause learned behaviors result from an animals experience, they are not usually done perfectly the first time

8 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Learned Behavior – Imprinting: certain newly hatched birds and newborn mammals recognize and follow the first moving object they see (usually the mother) – Imprinting involves a combination of instinct and learning – The young animal has an instinct to follow a moving object, but is not born knowing what is parent looks like

9 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Imprinting – Once imprinting takes place, it cannot be changed – Imprinting is valuable for two reasons. First, it keeps young animals close to their mothers, who know where to find food and how to avoid predators – Second, imprinting allows young animals to learn what other animals of their own species look like – The ability protects the animals while they are young. In later life, this ability is important when the animals search for mates

10 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Learned Behavior – Conditioning: learning that a particular stimulus or response leads to a good or a bad outcome – Here is how the conditioning works: at first, a puppy rarely comes when you call. Each time the puppy comes when you call, you give it a dog biscuit. Your puppy will soon learn to associate the desired response – coming when called – with the good outcome of a food reward. To get the reward, the puppy learns to come every time you call. After a while, the puppy will come to you even if you don’t give it a dog biscuit

11 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Learned Behavior – Trail-and-Error Learning: an animal learns to perform a behavior more and more skillfully – Through repeated practice, an animal learns to repeat behaviors that result in rewards and avoid behaviors that result in punishment – Many animals learn by trial-and-error which methods are best for obtaining food – They also learn which methods to avoid Example: snunk

12 Sec 1: What is Behavior? Learned Behavior – Insight Learning: when you solve a problem or learn how to do something new by applying what you already know, without a period of trial-and- error – Insight learning is most common in primates, such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans – Example: chimps use twigs to probe into the nests of termites and other insects that they eat

13 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Communication – Animals use mostly sounds, scents, and body movements to communicate with one another – An animals ability to communicate helps it interact with other animals – Animals communicate many kinds of messages using sound – Some animals use sound to attract mates Example: female crickets, are attracted to the sound of a male’s chirping

14 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Communication – Animals may also communicate warnings with sound Example: when a coyote or other predator approaching, a prairie dog makes a yipping sound that warns other prairie dogs to take cover in their burrows – Animals also communicate with chemical scents – A chemical release by one animal that affects the behavior of another animal of the same species is called a pheromone Example: perhaps you have seen a male house cat spraying a tree, this scent advises other cats in the neighborhood of his presence

15 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Competitive Behavior – Animals compete with one another for limited resources, such as food, water, space, shelter, and mates – Competition can occur among different species of animals Example: a pride of lions may try to steal a prey from a troop of hyenas that has just killed the prey – Competition can also occur between members of the same species

16 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Competitive Behavior – Showing Aggression Aggression is a threatening behavior that one animal uses to gain control over another – Example: before a pride of lions settles down to eat its prey, individual lions show aggression by snapping, clawing, and snarling Aggression between members of the same species hardly ever results in the injury or death of any of the competitors

17 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Competitive Behavior – Establishing a Territory A territory is an area that is occupied and defended by an animal or group of animals If another animal of the same species enters the territory, the owner will attack the newcomer and try to drive it away Birds use songs and aggressive behaviors to maintain their territories Other animals may use calls, scratches, droppings, or pheromones

18 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Competitive Behavior – Attracting a Mate A male and female salamander swim gracefully in the water, moving around one another Courtship behavior is a behavior in which males and females of the same species prepare for mating Courtship behavior ensures that the males and females of the same species recognize one another, so that mating and reproduction can take place Courtship behavior is typically also competitive – Example: in some species, several males may perform courtship behaviors for a single female. She then chooses one of them to mate with

19 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Group Behavior – Living in groups enables animals to cooperate – Although many animals live alone and only rarely meet one of their own kind, other animals live in groups – Some fishes form schools, and some insects live in large groups – Hoofed mammals, such as bison and wild horses, often form herds

20 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Group Behavior – Safety in Groups Living in groups often protects animals against predators (fishes that swim in schools are often safer then fishes that swim alone) Animals in a group sometimes cooperate in fighting off a predator – Example: Fig 13 p448

21 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Group Behavior – Animal Societies Some animals, including ants, termites, honeybees, naked mole rats, and pistol shrimp, living in groups called societies A society is a group of closely related animals of same species that work together in a highly organized way In a society, there is a division of labor – different individuals perform different tasks

22 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Behavior Cycles – Some animal behavior, called cyclic behaviors, occur in regular, predictable patterns – Cyclic behaviors usually change over the course of the day or a season

23 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Behavior Cycles – Daily Cycles Behavior cycles that occur over a period of approximately one day are called circadian rhythms For example, blowflies search for food during the day and rest at night In contrast, field mice are active during the night and rest by day Animals that are active during the day can take advantage of sunlight, which makes food easy to see On the other hand, animals that are active at night do not encounter predators that are active during the day

24 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Behavior Cycles – Hibernation Other behavior cycles are related to seasons Example: some animals, such as woodchucks and chipmunks, are active during warm seasons but hibernate during the cold winter Hibernation is a state of greatly reduced body activity that occurs during the winter when food is scarce During hibernation, all of an animals body processes, such as breathing and heartbeat, slow down This slowdown reduces the animals need for food In fact hibernation animals do not eat; their bodies use stored fat to meet their reduced nutrition needs

25 Sec 2: Patterns of Behavior Behavior Cycles – Migration: is the regular, seasonal journey of an animal from one place to another and back again – Some animals migrate short distances Example: Dall’s sheep spend summers near the tops of mountains and move lower down for the winters – Other animals migrate 100’s of miles such as birds – Animals usually migrate to an area that provides a lot of food or a good environment for reproduction – Most migrations are related to the changing seasons and take place twice a year, in the spring and in the fall

26 Sec 3: Tracking Migrations Technologies for Tracking – Electronic tags give off repeating signals that are picked up by radio devices or satellites. Scientists can track the locations and movements of the tagged animals without recapturing them – In the fall of 1803, American naturalist John James Audubon wondered whether migrating birds returned to the same place each year – So he tied a string around the leg of a bird before it flew south – The following spring, Audubon saw the bird with the string. He learned that the bird had indeed come back

27 Sec 3: Tracking Migrations Technologies for Tracking – Radio Tracking Tracking an animal by radio involves two devices A transmitter attached to the animal sends out a signal in the form of radio waves, just as a radio station dose A scientist might place the transmitter around an animals ankle, neck, wing, or fin A receiver picks up the signal, just like a radio at your house The receiver is usually in a truck or an airplane

28 Sec 3: Tracking Migrations Technologies for Tracking – Satellite Tracking Receivers can be placed in satellites as well as in airplanes and trucks A satellite is an instrument in orbit thousands of kilometers above Earth Networks, or groups, of satellites are used to track animals Each satellite in a network picks up electronic signals from a transmitter on an animal Together, the signals from all the satellites determine the precise location of the animal

29 Sec 3: Tracking Migrations Why Tracking is Important – Electronic tracking tags are giving scientists a complete, accurate picture of migration patterns Example: when scientists used radio transmitters to track one herd of caribou, they learned two important things – First, they learned that the herd moves over a larger area than previously thought – Second, they learned that each year the herd returns to about the same place to give birth to its young

30 Sec 3: Tracking Migrations Why Tracking is Important – Tracking migrations is an important tool to better understand and protect species Example: Florida manatees are an endangered species, and therefore they need protection so tracking them can help with their protection – Technologies for tracking animals may also help people whose work or recreation affects animals Example: suppose officials at a state park want to protect a group of migrating animals during the spring; the officials plan to ban fishing or boating for the entire spring season


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