Personality in captivity: more exploratory males reproduce better in an aviary population

McCowan,LS, Rollins,LA and Griffith,SC 2014, Personality in captivity: more exploratory males reproduce better in an aviary population, Behavioural processes, vol. 107, pp. 150-157, doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.020.

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Title Personality in captivity: more exploratory males reproduce better in an aviary population
Author(s) McCowan,LS
Rollins,LAORCID iD for Rollins,LA orcid.org/0000-0002-3279-7005
Griffith,SC
Journal name Behavioural processes
Volume number 107
Start page 150
End page 157
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2014-09
ISSN 1872-8308
Keyword(s) Domestication
Exploratory behaviour
Extra-pair paternity
Reproduction
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychology, Biological
Behavioral Sciences
Zoology
Psychology
FINCH TAENIOPYGIA-GUTTATA
ZEBRA FINCHES
FITNESS CONSEQUENCES
INDIRECT SELECTION
WILD
BEHAVIOR
EVOLUTION
SUCCESS
PAIRS
REPEATABILITY
Summary The existence of animal personality is well-established across a wide range of species, with the majority of evidence for this being obtained from individuals held in captivity. However, there has been little work assessing the influence of commonly-measured personality traits on fitness, which is pertinent when the genetic basis of personality is considered. We measured whether the reproductive behaviour and success of zebra finches in a captive mixed-sex aviary environment was influenced by an aspect of their personality, their exploratory behaviour in a single-sex social aviary. We found that more exploratory males made a greater number of breeding attempts and raised more nestlings than less exploratory males. These results were not confounded by extra-pair paternity, which was not related to personality, or by the individuals that did not initiate any reproductive attempts at all. Our work provides evidence that attributes of personality may influence the degree to which individuals cope with, and thrive in a captive environment and this should be accounted for in both experimental design and the interpretation of results. Furthermore, this suggests that there may be selection on these traits as part of the domestication process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.020
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier BV
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