Leadership in homing pigeon flocks (Columba livia) (data from Santos et al. 2014)-reference-data

dc.contributor.authorSantos, Carlos David
dc.contributor.authorNeupert, Stefanie
dc.contributor.authorLipp, Hans-Peter
dc.contributor.authorWikelski, Martin
dc.contributor.authorDechmann, Dina
dc.description.abstractOrganized flight of homing pigeons (Columba livia) was previously shown to rely on simple leadership rules between flock mates, yet the stability of this social structuring over time and across different contexts remains unclear. We quantified the repeatability of leadership-based flock structures within a flight and across multiple flights conducted with the same animals. We compared two contexts of flock composition: flocks of birds of the same age and flight experience; and, flocks of birds of different ages and flight experience. All flocks displayed consistent leadership-based structures over time, showing that individuals have stable roles in the navigational decisions of the flock. However, flocks of balanced age and flight experience exhibited reduced leadership stability, indicating that these factors promote flock structuring. Our study empirically demonstrates that leadership and followership are consistent behaviours in homing pigeon flocks, but such consistency is affected by the heterogeneity of individual flight experiences and/or age. Similar evidence from other species suggests leadership as an important mechanism for coordinated motion in small groups of animals with strong social bonds.
dc.subjectanimal movement
dc.subjectanimal navigation
dc.subjectcollective motion
dc.subjectColumba livia
dc.subjecthoming pigeon
dc.subjectsocial navigation
dc.titleLeadership in homing pigeon flocks (Columba livia) (data from Santos et al. 2014)-reference-data
dspace.entity.typeData package
dwc.ScientificNameColumba livia
  title = {Leadership in homing pigeon flocks (Columba livia) (data from Santos et al. 2014)-reference-data},
  author = {Santos, CD and Neupert, S and Lipp, H and Wikelski, M and Dechmann, D},
  URL = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5441/001/1.33159h1h/2},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.33159h1h/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
Santos CD, Neupert S, Lipp H, Wikelski M, Dechmann D. Leadership in homing pigeon flocks (Columba livia) (data from Santos et al. 2014)-reference-data. Movebank Data Repository. https://doi.org/10.5441/001/1.33159h1h/2
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.33159h1h/2
T1  - Leadership in homing pigeon flocks (Columba livia) (data from Santos et al. 2014)-reference-data
AU  - Santos, Carlos David
AU  - Neupert, Stefanie
AU  - Lipp, Hans-Peter
AU  - Wikelski, Martin
AU  - Dechmann, Dina
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal navigation
KW  - collective motion
KW  - Columba livia
KW  - homing pigeon
KW  - social navigation
KW  - Columba livia
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  - http://dx.doi.org/10.5441/001/1.33159h1h/2
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.33159h1h/2
ER  -