Animal Behaviour is a double-blind peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1953 as The British Journal of Animal Behaviour, before obtaining its current title in 1958. It is published monthly by Elsevier for the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour in collaboration with the Animal Behavior Society. The scope of Animal Behaviour includes behavioural ecology, evolution of behaviour, sociobiology, ethology, behavioural physiology, population biology, and navigation and migration. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2010 impact factor of 3.101. In addition, it is abstracted and indexed in EMBiology, Scopus, and the Science Citation Index.
Can the friend of my friend be my enemy? Choice affects stability of the social network
Just as humans can follow complex social situations in deciding who to befriend or to abandon, it turns out that animals use the same level of sophistication in judging social configurations, according to ...
Social bees mark dangerous flowers with chemical signals
Scientists already knew that some social bee species warn their conspecifics when detecting the presence of a predator near their hive, which in turn causes an attack response to the possible predator. Researchers ...
How birds of different feathers flock together
(Phys.org) —New research from the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge reveals for the first time that, contrary to current models used to explain the movement of flocks, the differences between bird species ...
Female animals portrayed as 'femme fatales' by researchers
Female animals are unfairly sexually stereotyped by researchers, according to experts at the University of St Andrews.
Common swifts make mysterious twilight ascents
Common swifts climb to altitudes of up to 2.5 km both at dawn and dusk. This unexpected behaviour was discovered by geo-ecologist Dr Adriaan Dokter of the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem ...
Research suggests meerkat predator-scanning behaviour is altruistic
In order to spot potential predators, adult meerkats often climb to a higher vantage point or stand on their hind legs. If a predator is detected, they use several different alarm calls to warn the rest of the group. New ...
Cultural evolution changes bird song
Thanks to cultural evolution, male Savannah sparrows are changing their tune, partly to attract "the ladies."
Giraffes are choosy' when hanging out with friends
(Phys.org)—Studying social relationships among female giraffes may provide essential information for the management and conservation of the species, a study by The University of Queensland (UQ) has found.
Researchers find gender bias in sexual cannibalism papers
Captive hyenas outfox wild relatives
(Phys.org)—When it comes to solving puzzles, animals in captivity are, well, different animals than their wild brethren.
Hatching order influences birds' behaviour
The hatching order of birds influences how they behave in adult life according to research from the Lancaster Environment Centre.
City birds adapt to their new predators
Faced with the same threat, city and country birds do not react in the same way despite being from the same species. According to a new study, urban birds have changed their anti-predator behaviour in new ...
Wild monkeys watch fights to exploit losers for grooming
Wild macaques who are bystanders to fights within their group exploit the losers for grooming favours, new research has shown.
Swimming with hormones: Researchers unravel ancient urges that drive social decisions of fish
Researchers have discovered that a form of oxytocin—the hormone responsible for making humans fall in love—has a similar effect on fish, suggesting it is a key regulator of social behaviour that has evolved ...
Scrub jays react to their dead
Western scrub jays summon others to screech over the body of a dead jay, according to new research from the University of California, Davis. The birds' cacophonous "funerals" can last for up to half an hour.