‘Shy’ male birds flock together—and have fewer friends

Male birds that exhibit ‘shy’ social behaviour are much more likely to join flocks of birds with a similar personality than their ‘bold’ male counterparts, a new study has found. But shy birds also have fewer social partners than bold birds.

The research, carried out by scientists from Oxford University and the Australian National University, used a new way of analysing the social networks that link individual animals to each other – a kind of ‘Facebook for birds’ – to reveal how differences between individuals underpin the way that social interactions occur across populations.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-09-shy-male-birds-flock-togetherand.html#jCp

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