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Personality and the collective: bold homing pigeons occupy higher leadership ranks in flocks

Overview of attention for article published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, March 2018
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Title
Personality and the collective: bold homing pigeons occupy higher leadership ranks in flocks
Published in
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, March 2018
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2017.0038
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Authors

Takao Sasaki, Richard P. Mann, Katherine N. Warren, Tristian Herbert, Tara Wilson, Dora Biro

Abstract

While collective movement is ecologically widespread and conveys numerous benefits on individuals, it also poses a coordination problem: who controls the group's movements? The role that animal 'personalities' play in this question has recently become a focus of research interest. Although many animal groups have distributed leadership (i.e. multiple individuals influence collective decisions), studies linking personality and leadership have focused predominantly on the group's single most influential individual. In this study, we investigate the relationship between personality and the influence of multiple leaders on collective movement using homing pigeons,Columba livia, a species known to display complex multilevel leadership hierarchies during flock flights. Our results show that more exploratory (i.e. 'bold') birds are more likely to occupy higher ranks in the leadership hierarchy and thus have more influence on the direction of collective movement than less exploratory (i.e. 'shy') birds during both free flights around their lofts and homing flights from a distant site. Our data also show that bold pigeons fly faster than shy birds during solo flights. We discuss our results in light of theories about the evolution of personality, with specific reference to the adaptive value of heterogeneity in animal groups.This article is part of the theme issue 'Collective movement ecology'.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 54 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 33%
Student > Master 11 20%
Student > Bachelor 7 13%
Unspecified 6 11%
Researcher 5 9%
Other 7 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 56%
Unspecified 9 17%
Environmental Science 4 7%
Psychology 2 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 2%
Other 8 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 March 2018.
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