Behavioural plasticity is associated with reduced extinction risk in birds

Simon Ducatez, Daniel Sol, Ferran Sayol & Louis Lefebvre
Behavioural plasticity is believed to reduce species vulnerability to extinction, yet global evidence supporting this hypothesis is lacking. We address this gap by quantifying the extent to which birds are observed behaving in novel ways to obtain food in the wild: based on a unique dataset of >3,800 novel behaviours, we show that species with a higher propensity to innovate are at a lower risk of global extinction and are more likely to have increasing...
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