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Personality shapes pair bonding in a wild bird social system

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1696–1699
Number of pages4
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Volume2
Issue number11
Early online date1 Oct 2018
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DateAccepted/In press - 22 Jul 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 1 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - Nov 2018

Abstract

Mated pair bonds are integral to many animal societies, yet how individual variation in behaviour influences their formation remains largely unknown. In a population of wild great tits (Parus major), we show that personality shapes pair bonding: proactive males formed stronger pre-breeding pair bonds by meeting their future partners sooner and increasing their relationship strength at a faster rate. As a result, proactive males sampled fewer potential mates. Thus, personality may have important implications for social relationship dynamics and emergent social structure.

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