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Milk bottles revisited: Social learning and individual variation in the blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus

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Blue tits are famous for the 'milk bottle' innovation, which emerged at numerous sites across Britain in the early 20th century. However, overall we still know little about the factors that foster or hinder the spread of innovations, or of the impact of individual differences in behaviour on social transmission. We used a two-action and control experimental design to study the diffusion of innovation in groups of wild-caught blue tits, and found strong evidence that individuals can use social...

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University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Author
Journal:
Animal Behaviour More from this journal
Volume:
85
Issue:
6
Pages:
1225-1232
Publication date:
2013-06-01
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ISSN:
0003-3472
Language:
English
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pubs:409949
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uuid:a8d0142d-fb68-4bfe-8ca3-b06e7fd801a6
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pubs:409949
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409949
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2013-11-16

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