Birds of prey imprinting on parents
🦅IMPRINTING ON PARENT
As soon as a raptor is hatched it is poor sighted, so at first it will respond to the call of the mother, and the chick will respond by gaping for food. As time passes and it can see better, it's when the imprint on the parent as the provider of food starts. The chick will beg for food for its parent and not for random shadowy movements like it did on the first days. As soon as the parent is identified, the fear of the non-parent will start. If it is switched from natural to human parents or vice-versa, at the beginning, the bird will be afraid, but later it will settle down and continues the imprinting period with the new parent.
According to Fox, there is a genetically programmed parent image, so chicks will imprint more strongly and more rapidly on objects which closely approximate their natural parents, although they can imprint in other ones, like humans, for example.
A hawk cannot recognize itself in the mirror; it will think it´s another bird, not its own reflection. It´s known that if the hawk is reared by a human, it´s possible that it will identify that human as a parent, and later as a sexual partner. So, in this case, could we imagine the hawk thinks he looks like a human? Fox says that he is still working on this little problem, so no answers for this yet.
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