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Biology: Mimicry - Innate or Learned Behaviour?

  1. Mar 14, 2012 #1
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    How does animal mimicry classify as a behaviour, innate or learned behaviour or both?

    For example, parrot mimic human speech, obviously, they learned this behaviour, from us. However, considering their ability to learn from us, does that make this mimicry behaviour, innate behaviour? If so, how would one classify mimicry, (in cases of parrot mimicing human speech, monkeys copy our actions), as a behaviour in terms of innate or learned behaviour? Could someone please help me?

    Your help is much appreciated :D
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