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Stereotyped Feature Variables Are Essential Constituents of Behavior Patterns

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Based on theoretical consideration one can except that among the many variables one can measure in a behavior pattern those variables which are most stereotyped should be most useful to characterize a particular pattern. In order to explore the utility of this assumption, the relative variability of 204 different feature variables of the wet-my-lips call of the male migratory quail (Coturnix coturnix coturnix L.) was calculated and analyzed. The results show that the most stereotyped features (C.V. < 0.015) are those which constitute the rhythm of this call.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 20742 U.S.A.


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