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Jens Krause, Richard James, Daniel W. Franks, and Darren P. Croft

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.001.0001

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Perspectives on social network analyses of bird populations

Perspectives on social network analyses of bird populations

(p.171) Chapter 16 Perspectives on social network analyses of bird populations
Animal Social Networks

Colin J. Garroway

Reinder Radersma

Camilla A. Hinde

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Ornithological research has contributed significantly to the development of ecological and evolutionary theory. From this work it has become clear that social interactions can play a key role in mediating ecological and evolutionary processes. Despite an in-depth understanding of many aspects of social behaviour in birds, there has been relatively little work focussing on questions related to the emergence of population-level social structure. This is largely due to difficulties associated with obtaining a sufficiently large sample size of pair-wise interactions among individuals to adequately characterize social processes. However, recent analytical and technological advances are beginning to provide options for researchers interested in studying avian social networks. These advances can greatly increase sample sizes, data resolution, and the characterization of social networks. This in turn is broadening the scope of evolutionary and ecological questions researchers can address. This chapter presents a brief synopsis of the history, tools, recent work, and emerging questions addressed by social network analysis of avian populations.

Keywords:   birds, avian populations, network analysis, social interactions, avian social networks

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