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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 70 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 27%
Student > Master 16 23%
Student > Bachelor 9 13%
Researcher 7 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 6%
Other 6 9%
Unknown 9 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 39 56%
Environmental Science 5 7%
Psychology 2 3%
Arts and Humanities 1 1%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 1%
Other 8 11%
Unknown 14 20%

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