Parenting Behaviour

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  • Parenting Behaviour
    • Protection
      • One parent stays with the young to fend off predators.
      • Elaborate nests are made to enclose the young (birds)
    • Feeding
      • If a species feeds and protects its young, it means both parents need to be involved
    • Teaching Skills
      • Certain behaviours are innate
      • Oystercatchers (birds) get food by opening mussels, and it is a skill that takes months to learn
    • Looking after young increases their survival
      • Parental care increases the proportion of the young that survive
      • Looking after young is less risky for the mothers than being pregnant - strain on body and difficult to escape predators
      • The survival of an animal's genes into the next generation is more important than the survival of the animal itself


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