May 2, 2013
Tone-Deaf Female Cowbirds Change Flock Behavior, Disrupt Social Networks
Birds that can't identify high quality male songs change male, female flock-mate behavior
Female cowbirds incapable of recognizing high-quality male songs can alter the behavior of flock-mates of either sex and disrupt overall social structure, according to research published May 1 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Sarah Maguire and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania.
Maguire adds, "This work is the first to experimentally probe the structure of social networks by determining how individual circuits and behavior interact to form group stability."
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