6 Works

Data from: Which tools to use? choice optimization in the tool-using ant, Aphaenogaster subterranea

Gábor Lőrinczi, Gábor Módra, Orsolya Juhász & István Maák
When encountering liquid food sources, ants of the genus Aphaenogaster drop various materials as tools into the food, and then carry the food-soaked tools back to the nest. Although this is one of the most well-documented examples of tool use in insects, we know little about which factors influence their choice of tools during foraging. Here, we investigated the tool-using behavior of Aphaenogaster subterranea by examining, across a range of settings, how tool-using workers deal...

Data from: MHC-mediated sexual selection on bird song: generic polymorphism, particular alleles and acoustic signals

László Z. Garamszegi, Magdalena Zagalska-Neubauer, David Canal, György Blázi, Miklós Laczi, Gergely Nagy, Eszter Szöllősi, Éva Vaskuti, János Török & Sándor Zsebők
Several hypotheses predict that the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) drives mating preference in females. Olfactory, color or morphological traits are often found as reliable signals of the MHC profile, but the role of avian song mediating MHC-based female choice remains largely unexplored. We investigated the relationship between several MHC and acoustic features in the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) a European passerine with complex songs. We screened a fragment of the class IIB 2nd exon of...

Data from: Effects of interspecific coexistence on laying date and clutch size in two closely related species of hole‐nesting birds

Anders Pape Møller, Javier Balbontin, André A. Dhondt, Vladimir Remeš, Frank Adriaensen, Clotilde Biard, Jordi Camprodon, Mariusz Cichoń, Blandine Doligez, Anna Dubiec, Marcel Eens, Tapio Eeva, Anne E. Goodenough, Andrew G. Gosler, Lars Gustafsson, Philipp Heeb, Shelley A. Hinsley, Staffan Jacob, Rimvydas Juškaitis, Toni Laaksonen, Bernard Leclercq, Bruno Massa, Tomasz D. Mazgajski, Rudi G. Nager, Jan-Åke Nilsson … & Ruedi G. Nager
Coexistence between great tits Parus major and blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus, but also other hole‐nesting taxa, constitutes a classic example of species co‐occurrence resulting in potential interference and exploitation competition for food and for breeding and roosting sites. However, the spatial and temporal variations in coexistence and its consequences for competition remain poorly understood. We used an extensive database on reproduction in nest boxes by great and blue tits based on 87 study plots across...

Data from: Evidence for personality conformity, not social niche specialization in social jays

Kelsey McCune, Piotr Jablonski, Sang-Im Lee & Renee Ha
Animal personality traits are defined as consistent individual differences in behavior over time and across contexts. Occasionally this inflexibility results in maladaptive behavioral responses to external stimuli. However, in social groups inflexible behavioral phenotypes might be favored as this could lead to more predictable social interactions. Two hypotheses seek to describe the optimal distribution of personality types within groups. The social niche specialization hypothesis states that individuals within groups should partition social roles, like personality...

Data from: Influence of haemosporidian infection status on structural and carotenoid‐based colouration in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Katarzyna Janas, Edyta Podmokła, Dorota Lutyk, Anna Dubiec, Lars Gustafsson, Mariusz Cichoń & Szymon Drobniak
Hypotheses postulating parasite-mediated mate choice intrinsically assume that parasitic infections deteriorate the quality of male ornamentation. Although this assumption has often been studied in the context of carotenoid-based colouration, only few studies investigated this with reference to structural feather colouration, which in many species plays a vital role in sexual selection. Here, using a three-years dataset from a wild blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) population, we examined the relationship between the haemosporidian infection status and the...

Data from: The early-life environment and individual plasticity in life history

Ornela De Gasperin, Ana Duarte, Sinead English, Alfredo Attisano & Rebecca M. Kilner
We tested whether the early-life environment can influence the extent of individual plasticity in a life history trait. We asked: can the early-life environment explain why, in response to the same adult environmental cue, some individuals invest more than others in current reproduction? And can it additionally explain why investment in current reproduction trades off against survival in some individuals, but is positively correlated with survival in others? We addressed these questions using the burying...

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  • 2018

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  • Museum and Institute of Zoology
  • Jagiellonian University
  • Uppsala University
  • Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
  • University of Antwerp
  • University of Washington
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • Lund University