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displayDisplay (ger.)

  • A behaviour pattern that is directed towards other organisms in order to influence their behaviour.

    Whether it was a conscious display or not […] the birds could not have adopted an attitude or a position in relation to one another better adapted to show off the beauties of their plumage.

    Selous, E. (1901). An observational diary of the habits – mostly domestic – of the Great Crested Grebe (Podicecps cristatus and of the peewit (Vanellus vulgaris), with some general remarks. The Zoologist 5, 339-350: 344.


    The Display Ceremonies […] seem so very like the Displays of solitary courtship.

    Huxley, J.S. (1914). The courtship habits of the great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus). Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1914, 491-562: 524.


    Display A behavior pattern that has been modified in the course of evolution to convey information. A display is a special kind of signal, which in turn is broadly defined as any behavior that conveys information regardless of whether it serves other functions.

    Wilson, E.O. (1975). Sociobiology. The New Synthesis: 582. 


    display A behaviour pattern or signal modified in the course of evolution to convey information.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 70.