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Parental care in great tits
What affects parental care decision in great tits? Offspring begging and partner work rate affect food delivery by a parents. Parents may also differ in personality type, and exhibit variation in sexual signals. This project c ...
Supervisor: Camilla Hinde
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Negotiation in parental care
Each parent benefits if the other does more of the work. How do parents feeding young at the nest respond to each others work rate, given this conflict of interests. This project provides a unique opportunity to test this in the ...
Supervisor: Camilla Hinde
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Cognition in parrots at Loropark Tenerife
This project is a cooperation with the Max Planck Institiute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany and the Loropark on Tenerife. The Loropark has a cognition lab 'in which research on avian cognition using a range of parrot specie ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Use of sheep in nature conservation
In this project, we are cooperating with s local Sheppard (http://grebbeveld.nl), who is keeping sheep in nature conservation areas around Wageningen that require control of vegetation growth (mainly grass, tree seedlings and shru ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Dog-directed parenting styles: effects on dog owner relationship and dog quality of life
Care given to children resembles pet care to certain degree. Many owners of dogs view their animal companion as child-like. Owner dog mutual gaze experiments seem to indicate that dogs tap into the human oxytocin system underlying ...
Supervisor: Ineke van Herwijnen, Bonne Beerda
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Plumage and personality in great tits
Animals exhibit consistent individual differences in behavior, or ‘personality’. Great tits can be characterized on a continuous scale from ‘fast’ to ‘slow’ exploratory behaviour, and this trait is heritable. Variation in personal ...
Supervisor: Camilla Hinde, Kees van Oers (NIOO-KNAW)
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Mate choice in the great tit
Animal signals convey important information about an individual’s quality. Great tits are an ideal study system to investigate the evolution of visual signals because both males and females have multiple plumage ornaments. The siz ...
Supervisor: Camilla Hinde, Kees van Oers (NIOO-KNAW)
Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Male song and female behaviour in the great tit (Parus major)
Male song is a sexually selected trait and linked to male quality. However, female behaviour, especially the timing when she leaves the nestbox in the morning, might affect how long a male keeps singing at dawn. Besides this, male ...
Supervisor: prof. Dr. Marc Naguib
Nina Bircher

Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Male song and parental care in the great tit (Parus major)
Male song is a sexually selected trait and linked to male quality. Besides signalling a male’s genetic quality, it may also signal to what extend a male is prepared to look after his offspring and important fitness factor also for ...
Supervisor: prof. dr. Marc Naguib
dr. Erica van Rooij

Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
Neighbourhood effects on singing activity in the great tit (Parus major)
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 mor ...
Supervisor: Marc Naguib
Nina Bircher

Department: Behavioural Ecology
 
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