Using video playback to investigate the social preferences of rooks, Corvus frugilegus

It is important for social animals to be able to discriminate between group members. Much is known about vocal social communication through auditory playback techniques; however, visual information may also be important for conspecific recognition in the absence of auditory cues. Within the visual channel both static and dynamic features may play important roles in […]

Dominance, pair bonds and boldness determine social-foraging tactics in rooks, Corvus frugilegus

Socially foraging animals can search for resources themselves (produce) or exploit the discoveries made by others (scrounge). The extensive literature on producer–scrounger dynamics has mainly focused on scramble competition over readily accessible resources, thereby largely neglecting the variety of scrounging techniques individuals may use as well as the role of investment in food handling. Furthermore, […]