Individual learning ability and coping styles in ravens

F Range, Thomas Bugnyar, C Schlögl, K Kotrschal

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Abstract

Behavioral and physiological characteristics of individuals within the same species have been found to be stable across time and contexts. In this study, we investigated individual differences in learning abilities and object and social manipulation to test for consistency within individuals across different tasks. Individual ravens (Corvus corax) were tested in simple color and position discrimination tasks to establish their learning abilities. We found that males were significantly better in the acquisition of the first discrimination task and the object manipulation task, but not in any of the other tasks. Furthermore, faster learners engaged less often in manipulations of conspecifics and exploration of objects to get access to food. No relationship between object and social manipulation and reversal training were found. Our results suggest that individual differences in regard to the acquisition of new tasks may be related to personalities or at least object manipulation in ravens. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-106
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioural Processes
Volume73
Issue number73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

Keywords

  • raven
  • Corvus corax
  • simple learning task
  • personality
  • acquisition
  • reversal
  • CORVUS-CORAX
  • COMMON RAVENS
  • GREAT TITS
  • SCRUB-JAYS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • FOOD
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • STRATEGIES
  • DOMINANCE
  • ANIMALS

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