Social networking with territorial songbirds (#130)
In several species personality differences correlate with variation in social behaviour. We here tested whether social network position is related to individual differences in exploration behaviour using a wild, territorial, personality-typed great tit population. By means of novel, large-scale, automated tracking we show that slower exploring males had less-central social network positions1. Yet, they were overall not less active than fast explorers, suggesting that a less-central social network position was not merely a consequence of lower activity. Additionally, we tested in these songbirds if and how communication is related to their spatial behaviour, as both signalling2 and proximity can be used as a social connector. Finally, we conducted a video playback experiment to disentangle if exploration behaviour is actually a causal factor in structuring their social environment. Hence, could territorial individuals be influencing the structuring of their own social environment?
- Snijders, L., van Rooij, E. P., Burt, J. M., Hinde, C. A., van Oers, K., & Naguib, M. (2014). Social networking in territorial great tits: slow explorers have the least central social network positions. Animal Behaviour, 98, 95-102.
- Snijders, L., van Rooij E. P., van der Eijk, J., de Goede, P., van Oers, K., Naguib, M. (2015). Song trait similarity varies with social structure. PLOS ONE: In Press.