Flamingos have formed a strong friendship for years

British zoologists have discovered that flamingos find their friends for a few years and prefer to spend time with them, even living in large flocks. To do this, scientists within five years, followed by four packs of different types of flamingos living in the reserve. Whether social birds, spending time with relatives and whether they will form friendships with, depended on how many individuals in the pack. Article published in the journal Behavioural Processes.

Many social animals gather and live in large groups: this applies, for example, many species of birds that gather in flocks. Socialization within the group can provide the necessary protection and the necessary resources in sufficient quantity. Thus within groups, animals are also able to find those relatives in a society which will spend more time, kind friends. Such a friendship can last years and be preserved, even if the situation is changing, and the resources that she gave, you can get from somewhere else, such as occurs in an ordinary vampire.

However, the peculiarities of the formation of friendship vary from species to species, depending on availability and the group hierarchy, the number of individuals in it, and also places the wild or in captivity. In his work Paul rose (Paul Rose), and Darren Croft (Darren Croft) from Exeter University focused on the friendship among the flamingos: they can choose between private individuals and spending time with them, even in cases when their number reaches a million flocks.

Scientists watched the flocks of the four types of flamingos living in Slimbridge wetland: 132 Chilean (Phoenicopterus chilensis), 23 Andean (Phoenicoparrus andinus), 45 small (Phoeniconaias minor) and 147 red (Phoenicopterus ruber) flamingos. Each bird was marked, which allowed scientists to track their location individually. The movements of flamingos and their behavior, the scientists followed daily for four years from 2012 to 2016.

After analyzing the data, researchers found that in all flocks except flocks of Andean flamingos, birds prefer to spend time with other individuals, and not alone, although among Chilean Flamingo socialization depended on the season: in autumn and winter they are with the same frequency interacted with someone and alone.

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