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Why huddle? Ecological drivers of chick aggregations in Gentoo penguins, Pygoscelis papua, across latitudes

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Aggregations of young animals are common in a range of endothermic and ectothermic species, yet the adaptive behavior may depend on social circumstance and local conditions. In penguins, many species form aggregations (aka. crèches) for a variety of purposes, whilst others have never been observed exhibiting this behavior. Those that do form aggregations do so for three known benefits: 1) reduced thermoregulatory requirements, 2) avoidance of unrelated-adult aggression, and 3) lower predation...

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10.1371/journal.pone.0145676

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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PLoS ONE Journal website
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11
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2
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e0145676
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ARTN e0145676
Publication date:
2016-02-05
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1932-6203
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1932-6203
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uuid:181e2144-9dda-4ccb-b5bf-ca22ad87bf68
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609309
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