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Record number 440569
Title Tracking the social lives of great tits: behavioural consistency in a social context
Author(s) Snijders, L.; Rooij, E.P. van; Burt, J.; Oers, K. van; Naguib, M.
Source In: Proceedings of the Symposium Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NEAM), Lunteren, the Netherlands, 5 February 2013. - - p. 15 - 15.
Event Symposium Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NEAM), Lunteren, the Netherlands, 2013-02-05
Department(s) Behavioural Ecology
Publication type Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings
Publication year 2013
Abstract Behavioural consistency makes individuals predictable and so allows other individuals to socially respond to this. Therefore it is likely that in populations with long term neighbours, selective associations and avoidances will arise. A number of recent studies show that in territorial songbird systems, like in the great tits (Parus major), eavesdropping can be a common phenomenon. This opens up the possibility that all individuals within hearing range can predict each other’s social response, and so on forehand could know who to associate with and who to better avoid. Until now researchers were unable to simultaneously approximate the personalities of individuals and quantify their pair-wise associations in the wild. We overcame this problem by using the new tracking technology, Encounternet, in a natural population of great tits tested for their exploration behaviour. In March 2012 we equipped over 30 wild great tits with radio-transmitters sending signals every 5 seconds. These signals could be received by a large number of wireless stations distributed throughout the forest. By triangulating locations we were able to extract, out of several thousands of simultaneous observations, dozens of close range encounters. In this presentation I will discuss the results of this exciting new approach so far and elaborate on our plans for the future.
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