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Displacement-Feeding

Plucking at vegetation, as if foraging, but may not actually ingest any of the material and is obviously Monitoring. If it does eat, it does so in a desultory or distracted fashion; may slap vegetation against foot or other part of own body. Performed in conflict situations (e.g. during fighting or Sparring when an individual shows incompatible tendencies, such as fleeing vs. fighting). Can also be "defensive" or "despondent" (46a) Also very often displayed by young males near an estrous female who are "pretending" to do something else so as not to provoke aggression by the guarding male. (46b)