What is it about?
Competition or cooperation? When resources are scarce or unpredictable, it may be beneficial to search for food in groups as it allows the sharing of information. But, shortage of food can also increase the conflict between the individuals and might destabilize groups and compromise cooperative behaviour. We evaluated which of the two scenarios was more likely to occur in the common waxbill.
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Why is it important?
With the increasing challenges wildlife is facing, understanding how animals will behave is most important. This study helps to build on the knowledge of the effects of food availability and predictability in animal behaviour.
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This page is a summary of: Collective foraging: Experimentally increased competition decreases group performance exploiting a permanent resource, Functional Ecology, May 2022, Wiley,
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