The effects of age and previous experience on social rank in female red junglefowl, Gallus gallus spadiceus

Tania Kim, Marlene Zuk

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Abstract

Social rank can influence lifetime reproductive success and therefore fitness. We examined the effects of morphology, age, previous social experience and aggressiveness on social rank in all-female flocks of red junglefowl. None of the morphological characters measured (mass, tarsus length, comb height or comb length) appeared to play a role in determining rank. Older females were not more likely to be dominant, while previous social experience and aggression levels were both important in dominance determination. Flock-experienced hens were more likely to be dominant as were more aggressive individuals. Red junglefowl females most likely use a combination of characters to establish social order in a newly formed flock. (C) 2000 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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