Personality in Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) and its Effect on Their Breeding Success

Colchester, Claire and Harrison, Nancy M. (2016) Personality in Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) and its Effect on Their Breeding Success. Ethology, 122 (8). pp. 695-701. ISSN 1439-0310

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In this study, we investigated whether blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) showed consistent variation in neophobia responses. The experiment represents a test of how personality, consistent individual differences in behaviour, may have fitness consequences. The experimental design consisted of a control observation followed by two neophobia tests, during which the parent’s behaviour was recorded using the instantaneous sampling method. Blue tits showed consistent variation in neophobia responses, which was related to total offspring biomass, but not to mean offspring weight or fledging success. GLMM analyses suggest that there may be ideal neophobia trait combinations in breeding pairs that maximises breeding success.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: behavioural syndrome, neophobia, Cyanistes caeruleus
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 10:46

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