Muuuh Nature & Wildlife

Categories of Animal Behaviour

Last modified on 2023-09-24. This page is dedicated to nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in and around Montreal.

Comprehensive list of categories of animal behaviours useful to assign topic to a specific observation.

  • Communication (e.g. vocalizations, body language)
  • Hunting, Foraging, Feeding
  • Drinking
  • Preening, Self-grooming
  • Social Grooming
  • Resting, Sleeping
  • Vigilance Behavior
  • Territorial Behavior, Marking, Scent marking, Territory Defense
  • Aggression, Fighting
  • Agonistic displays (e.g. threat displays, submission displays)
  • Nesting, Burrowing
  • Courtship, Mating
  • Caring for offspring, Parenting
  • Flying, Landing
  • Playing
  • Tool using
  • Shedding, Molting
  • Thermoregulation
  • Hibernation (inactivity during period of cold temperatures)
  • Estivation (inactivity during period of hot temperatures)