The Psychological Record

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 179–188 | Cite as

The Effects of Novel Stimuli on Water Ingestion in Bobwhite Quail (Colinus Virginianus)

  • Diane Smith
  • Louis G. Lippman


Fifteen adult bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) were exposed to a series of single- and two-bottle preference tests in order to evaluate sensory sensitivity, habituation, and the effect of novelty. Control animals were exposed only to distilled water to provide a baseline whereas experimental birds were presented colored or flavored water in corresponding, counterbalanced test sequences. Although the initial presentation of a novel color or flavor led to a marked reduction in intake, subsequent presentations of color, but not flavor, led to rapid habituation. Implications of the strength of avoidance of gustatory stimuli are discussed.


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© Association of Behavior Analysis International 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane Smith
    • 1
  • Louis G. Lippman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA

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