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  • Josh A. Firth (Corresponding author)
  • Ella F. Cole
  • Christos C. Ioannou
  • John L. Quinn
  • Lucy M. Aplin
  • A. Culina
  • Keith McMahon
  • Ben C. Sheldon
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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1696-1699
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2018

    Research areas

  • international

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