Skip to main content


Dr Andy Radford - Cooperation and conflict in social birds

The Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour seminar series. All welcome.

Event details


Groups of cooperative breeders are hotbeds of cooperation and conflict. In the first half of this talk, I will describe fieldwork on a habituated population of pied babblers examining how sentinels and foragers utilise vocalisations to optimise their behaviour. I will show how (a) foragers use the calls of sentinels to detect their presence and height, as well as the current level of risk, and thus maximise their foraging success; and (b) sentinels use the calls of foragers to minimise the cost of a cooperative act. In the second half of the talk, I will describe work on a wild population of green woodhoopoes that investigates the lasting impacts of between-group conflict on within-group behaviour. I will demonstrate how interactions with rival groups influence post-conflict affiliation between group members, resource use and consensus decision-making.

Dr Andy Radford (University of Bristol), will be giving a seminar with the title 'Cooperation and conflict in social birds '.

The CRAB seminar series is organised by Elisa Frasnelli (

Allopreening (van Rooyen)

Allopreening (van Rooyen)


Washington Singer 105