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dc.contributor.authorMinderman, Jeroenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorReid, Jane Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Peter G Hen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWhittingham, Mark Jen_UK
dc.description.abstractAnimal personalities, defined as consistent and correlated individual differences in behavioral traits, are suggested to be common in the animal kingdom and can have important fitness consequences. Individual differences in sensitivity to environmental cues are predicted to be part of animal personalities and are important because they will affect an individual's ability to respond to environmental change. Such environmental sensitivity as a personality trait needs further study because existing studies have rarely directly related environmental sensitivity to well-established personality traits such as exploration behavior and have focused on captive animals of specific model species. Using standardized assays of exploration behavior, we show that individual variation in 1) the speed of exploration behavior and 2) the parts of the environment that are explored are repeatable in juvenile wild starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Environmental sensitivity was measured in separate assays and was not correlated with the speed of exploration behavior. Instead, environmental sensitivity was strongly predicted by what part of the environment was used during the preceding exploration behavior assays. Thus, in juvenile wild starlings, behavioral traits other than the speed of exploration behavior better predicted environmental sensitivity. These results suggest that the relevance of exploration behavior as a personality trait may not be easily generalized across species. Furthermore, although unrelated to exploration speed, this study illustrates how environmental sensitivity correlates with well-known personality traits and thus further highlights how animal personalities can limit behavioral phenotypic plasticity in wild populations.en_UK
dc.publisherOxford University Press on behalf of the International Society for Behavioral Ecologyen_UK
dc.relationMinderman J, Reid JM, Evans PGH & Whittingham MJ (2009) Personality traits in wild starlings: exploration behavior and environmental sensitivity. Behavioral Ecology, 20 (4), pp. 830-837.
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dc.subjectbehavioral plasticityen_UK
dc.subjectbehavioral syndromesen_UK
dc.subjectcoping stylesen_UK
dc.subjectFair Isleen_UK
dc.subjectroutine formationen_UK
dc.titlePersonality traits in wild starlings: exploration behavior and environmental sensitivityen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleBehavioral Ecologyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBangor Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Nottinghamen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMinderman, Jeroen|0000-0002-8451-5540en_UK
local.rioxx.authorReid, Jane M|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorEvans, Peter G H|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWhittingham, Mark J|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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