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dc.contributor.authorGuillette, Lauren Mary
dc.contributor.authorScott, Alice C Y
dc.contributor.authorHealy, Susan Denise
dc.identifier.citationGuillette , L M , Scott , A C Y & Healy , S D 2016 , ' Social learning in nest-building birds : a role for familiarity ' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , vol. 283 , no. 1827 , 20152685 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 241184159
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 840469cc-1770-46ab-8046-93350c6ad5bf
dc.identifier.otherPubMed: 27009230
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84961619717
dc.identifier.otherPubMed: 27009230
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-8059-4480/work/60631270
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dc.description© 2016 The Author(s).en
dc.description.abstractIt is becoming apparent that birds learn from their own experiences of nest building. What is not clear is whether birds can learn from watching conspecifics build. As social learning allows an animal to gain information without engaging in costly trial-and-error learning, first-time builders should exploit the successful habits of experienced builders. We presented first-time nest-building male zebra finches with either a familiar or an unfamiliar conspecific male building with material of a colour the observer did not like. When given the opportunity to build, males that had watched a familiar male build switched their material preference to that used by the familiar male. Males that observed unfamiliar birds did not. Thus, first-time nest builders use social information and copy the nest material choices when demonstrators are familiar but not when they are strangers. The relationships between individuals therefore influences how nest-building expertise is socially transmitted in zebra finches.
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciencesen
dc.rights© 2016 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.subjectNest buildingen
dc.subjectSocial learningen
dc.subjectPhysical cognitionen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleSocial learning in nest-building birds : a role for familiarityen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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