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Title Animal Communication: Neighbourhood effects on singing activity in the great tit (Parus major)
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 24-36
Supervisor(s) Marc Naguib
Examiner(s) prof. dr. Marc Naguib
Contact info marc.naguib@wur.nl
Begin date 2017/11/01
End date 2021/12/31
Description Individuals affect each other in a social network. Yet, the effects individuals have on each other when signalling in a network is not well understood in animal societies. In birds, the decision whether a male sings on a given morning may be affected by their neighbours and they may react differently to singing neighbours also depending on their own and their neighbour�s personality. This may also affect what they are singing and their timing. In this project we will ask questions like: if two individuals often sing at the same time, do they share more song types or other song traits? Does personality affect whether a male sings when his neighbour sings? Do specific neighbours are more likely to sing at the same time while others avoid each other? These song data can also be linked to social network data we can obtain through automatized radiotracking used to determine social encounters.

Data-analysis; if done between March-June help with fieldwork will be possible
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