when an animal or bird develops a preference for a sexual partner. Birds will socialise with birds they are exposed to early on in life or resemble those exposed to.

SEXUAL IMPRINTING: "Sexual imprinting happens in zebra finches when they are fostered to a Bengalese finch. The zebra finch will prefer to mate with a Bengalese finch."
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