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Naïve individuals promote collective exploration in homing pigeons

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Group-living animals that rely on stable foraging or migratory routes can develop behavioural traditions to pass route information down to inexperienced individuals. Striking a balance between exploitation of social information and exploration for better alternatives is essential to prevent the spread of maladaptive traditions. We investigated this balance during cumulative route development in the homing pigeon Columba livia. We quantified information transfer within pairs of birds in a tran...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.7554/eLife.68653

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
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Publisher:
eLife Sciences Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
eLife Journal website
Volume:
10
Article number:
e68653
Publication date:
2021-12-20
Acceptance date:
2021-10-26
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EISSN:
2050-084X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1213462
Local pid:
pubs:1213462
Deposit date:
2021-11-30

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