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Behavioural synchronization and its determinants in horses (Equus caballus) and sheep (Ovis aries)

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Behavioural synchronization and its determinants in horses (Equus caballus) and sheep (Ovis aries) (English shop)

Verena Hauschildt (Author)

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ISBN-13 (Hard Copy) 9783736991019
ISBN-13 (eBook) 9783736981010
Language English
Page Number 172
Lamination of Cover matt
Edition 1. Aufl.
Publication Place Göttingen
Place of Dissertation Göttingen
Publication Date 2015-09-15
General Categorization Dissertation
Departments Agricultural science
Keywords horses, sheep, synchronization, cohesion, social structure, spacing, plot size, aerial photography, gregariousness, kappa coefficient
Description

Socially organized animals have to synchronize the timing and directions of their movement decisions, in order to maintain group cohesion. To what extent social and environmental mechanisms trigger behavioural synchronization is still poorly understood. When housing management restricts space availability or predetermines feeding schedules, synchronization may develop as a random phenomenon due to external cues.
This thesis investigated social and environmental determinants of behavioural synchronization in horses and sheep. Deeper understanding of what constitutes behavioural synchronization is essential in order to adequately classify behavioural changes related to synchronization, and to furthermore enable predictions of management problems in group housing of animals.