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Bird Ringing Demonstration at Farmoor Res Oxon, 25th February 2012
A new paper in Nature by Lucy Aplin and colleagues reports an experimental study in Wytham Woods, in which arbitrary behaviours were introduced and tracked as they spread through social networks of wild great tits. The work shows that social learning can lead to the rapid establishment of stable differences within populations, a form of avian ‘culture’, and implicates conformist learning – where individuals preferentially copy the majority, as they key to this. Link to paper here. Link to view video of Dr Lucy Aplin and Professor Ben Sheldon discussing the work here.
Ella Cole and Ben Sheldon talked about some of the work on ‘personality’ variation in great tits from Wytham woods, which also featured work by Damien Farine and Lucy Aplin, on the BBC Frontiers series on 10 December. Listen to the programme here:
Dr. Joseph Tobias, December 10, 2014
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Cormorant preening, Skomer