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Group decisions and individual differences: route fidelity predicts flight leadership in homing pigeons (Columba livia).

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How social-living animals make collective decisions is currently the subject of intense scientific interest, with increasing focus on the role of individual variation within the group. Previously, we demonstrated that during paired flight in homing pigeons, a fully transitive leadership hierarchy emerges as birds are forced to choose between their own and their partner's habitual routes. This stable hierarchy suggests a role for individual differences mediating leadership decisions within hom...

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Publisher copy:
10.1098/rsbl.2010.0627

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Freeman, R More by this author
Guilford, T More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Biology letters
Volume:
7
Issue:
1
Pages:
63-66
Publication date:
2011-02-05
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EISSN:
1744-957X
ISSN:
1744-9561
URN:
uuid:aa131795-8168-4070-b855-adc4fb6b54eb
Source identifiers:
209730
Local pid:
pubs:209730
Language:
English
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