–noun Animal Behavior, Psychology .
rapid learning that occurs during a brief receptive period, typically soon after birth or hatching, and establishes a long-lasting behavioral response to a specific individual or object, as attachment to parent, offspring, or site.
There is a crow at work that has been raised from a baby. It has unusually imprinting. Last night, I had to clean a pen that had 12 juvenile crows in it. It was kind of daunting. They are large birds with large beaks. Most of them just yelled at me and moved away. But one, sat and yelled in my ear and pulled on my NEW shirt I got from Gull Lake. At one point he was on my shoulder. (Arrrr matie ) I warned him that if he bit a whole in my new shirt that I would have to bill him. Well, I got out of the pen and sure enough, I have a very small pin hole in my right arm sleeve. sigh. I don't know how I am going to get the money from him, but I will hopefully find away :-) K~