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Black-headed gulls synchronise their activity with their nearest neighbours

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, July 2018
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Title
Black-headed gulls synchronise their activity with their nearest neighbours
Published in
Scientific Reports, July 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-28378-x
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Authors

Madeleine H. R. Evans, Katie L. Lihou, Sean A. Rands

Abstract

Animals in groups can benefit from synchronising their behaviour, where multiple individuals conduct similar activities at the same moment in time. Previous studies have demonstrated that some species show synchronisation of vigilance behaviour, but have not explored the mechanism driving this behaviour. Synchronisation could be driven by animals copying their closest neighbours, which would mean that close proximity should lead to increased synchronisation. We simultaneously observed the behaviour of multiple individual black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) within resting groups, and compared the activity of a focal individual with its two closest neighbours and a randomly selected control individual. Focal individuals were more likely to be synchronised with their closest neighbour. Synchronisation became less likely if individuals were not the closest neighbour. This suggests that synchronisation seen within groups is dependent upon the spatial positions of its members, and black-headed gulls pay more attention to their closest neighbours.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 9%
Unknown 10 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 27%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 2 18%
Student > Bachelor 2 18%
Student > Postgraduate 1 9%
Lecturer 1 9%
Other 2 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 64%
Computer Science 1 9%
Unspecified 1 9%
Environmental Science 1 9%
Engineering 1 9%
Other 0 0%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. 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 02 August 2018.
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#1,095,448
of 12,077,989 outputs
Outputs from Scientific Reports
#9,071
of 53,698 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#39,728
of 247,643 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Scientific Reports
#432
of 2,429 outputs
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