Evidence of directed interactions between individuals in captive flamingo flocks
Croft, Darren P
Rose, Paul E
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
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Information on social behaviour traits can be inferred from observed associations, or measured based on a frequency of direct interaction between individuals. In some species, limited information exists on interactions between individuals and what form these interactions take. This paper describes three social interactions (affiliative, mate-guarding, directed aggression) seen in captive flamingos that could be of help to those studying flamingo social behaviour, by adding explanation of direct interactions to the overall flamingo ethogram. Information on how flamingos organise their social structure appears infrequently in the literature, and what (if any) specific social interactions are performed from one bird to another can be lacking in description and definition. The behaviours explained in this paper provide an insight into the social lives of flamingos that can give support to further, deeper, studies into social hierarchy and social affiliation.
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