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Wild birds respond to flockmate loss by increasing their social network associations to others [Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences]

Keywords : social structure, social networks, population declines, social perturbation, social foraging, social bonds

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Understanding the consequences of losing individuals from wild populations is a current and pressing issue, yet how such loss influences the social behaviour of the remaining animals is largely unexplored. Through combining the automated tracking of winter flocks of over 500 wild great tits (Parus major) with removal experiments, we assessed how individuals’ social network positions responded to the loss of their social associates.(...)

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