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Evidence for personality conformity, not social niche specialization in social jays
- McCune, Kelsey, Jablonski, Piotr, Lee, Sang-im, Ha, Renee
- Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.4 pp. 910-917
- birds, flocks, monogamy, personality, social class
- We often use the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together” to describe similar people that spend time together. But, is this true for birds? We find that in a species that lives in social groups individual personalities are more similar to group mates than to non-group mates. We found no similarity between mate pairs in a solitary, monogamous species. This suggests that assortment by personality might be important for life in social groups.