Dominance, prior occupancy, and winter residency in the great tit (Parus major)

@article{Sandell2004DominancePO,
  title={Dominance, prior occupancy, and winter residency in the great tit (Parus major)},
  author={Maria I. Sandell and H. G. Smith},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={29},
  pages={147-152}
}
This study reports an aviary experiment aimed at determining what affects social dominance in the great tit (Parus major), especially why older birds (adults) in nature normally dominate younger ones (juveniles). When birds were matched with respect to age, prior residency determined dominance. Without a difference in prior residency older birds dominated younger ones. However, when juvenile birds had a prior residency advantage over adult birds, they often became dominant. This was especially… CONTINUE READING

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