Gaussian Interval Distributions in Spontaneously Occurring Innate Behaviour

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MATURE male turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) during isolation under constant conditions in a sound-proof chamber display certain stereotyped courtship patterns. One of these patterns, the ‘gobbling’ call, shows only very slight variations in either loudness or duration. Thus, gobbling can be regarded as an ‘all-or-none’ event. The duration of the intervals between successive events (or gobbles) does vary, presumably as a function of motivational influences.

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SCHLEIDT, W. Gaussian Interval Distributions in Spontaneously Occurring Innate Behaviour. Nature 206, 1061–1062 (1965) doi:10.1038/2061061a0

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