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Short Video: Duckling Imprinting

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This wood duck and her ducklings were filmed in Sun Valley, Idaho. Mother-offspring bonding between wood ducks is a critical step in their life cycle. Imprinting is a learned behavior that is limited to a specific time in a young animal's life. Each of the ducklings in the nest jumps down into the water to join its mother's brood because of imprinting. This action does not appear to be motivated by any other reason. After the whole brood is together, the ducklings follow the mother closely, learning all the necessary behaviors to ensure their success. Credit: National Geographic
This wood duck and her ducklings were filmed in Sun Valley, Idaho. Mother-offspring bonding between wood ducks is a critical step in their life cycle. Imprinting is a learned behavior that is limited to a specific time in a young animal's life. Each of the ducklings in the nest jumps down into the water to join its mother's brood because of imprinting. This action does not appear to be motivated by any other reason. After the whole brood is together, the ducklings follow the mother closely, learning all the necessary behaviors to ensure their success. Credit: National Geographic