ManyBirds Project

A multi-site collaborative Open Science approach to avian cognition and behaviour research

Overview

ManyBirds is a multi-site collaborative Open Science approach that aims to provide new insight into the evolution of avian cognition and behavior through large-scale comparative studies, following the lead of exemplary ManyPrimates, ManyBabies and ManyDogs projects. We are open to collaboration across all sites, including labs, zoos, field and home.

ManyBirds approach

What guides us

Collaborative

Collaborative studies enable large-scale comparisons of species and individuals, a prerequisite to study why different cognitive abilities may have evolved.

Open-science

Open Science practices ensure wide accessibility, as transparency and pre-registration is necessary for effective collaborations.

Comparative

Comparative studies allow for a wider focus on the evolution of avian cognition and behaviour in relation to socio-ecological factors as well as phylogenetic, developmental and longitudinal approaches.

How does it work ?

ManyBirds infrastructure and collaboration

We are establishing an infrastructure within the ManyBirds framework to facilitate related avian research, including a website, mailing list, open repository and slack channels. This framework includes the use of pre-registrations, pre-prints, code of practice and project policies (e.g. ethics, authorship, data sharing), study protocols, coding guides, analysis plans and manuscript writing, with a focus on Open Science practices. 

Project 1 : Neophobia in birds

For Study 1, we have several confirmed international collaborators, including with 10 corvid lab leaders (Miller et al, 2021), and are in the process of inviting and recruiting new collaborators. In general, we invite collaborations relating to data collection, as well as various other potential contributions, such as experimental design, data analysis and manuscript writing.

GET INVOLVED

CORE TEAM

ManyBirds is led by a core team of researchers, with separate specific study teams formed to lead on each study. If you are interested in collaborating or would like more information about the ManyBirds Study 1 on neophobia in birds, please review our projects, Sign up documents or contact us at: manybirdsproject1@gmail.com.

LAST PROJECTS

Study 1 : Neophobia in Birds

Study 1 : Neophobia in Birds

Open-ended pre-registration, including study protocol and data analysis planPrepared by the ManyBirds Study 1 Team (finalised November 2021): Rachael Miller...
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ManyBirds: A multi-site collaborative Open Science approach to avian cognition and behavior research

ManyBirds: A multi-site collaborative Open Science approach to avian cognition and behavior research

Publication : Lambert et al., (2021). ManyBirds: A multi-site collaborative Open Science approach to avian cognition and behavior research. Animal...
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Socio-ecological correlates of neophobia in corvids

Socio-ecological correlates of neophobia in corvids

Publication: Miller et al. (2021) Socio-ecological correlates of neophobia in corvids. Current Biology Neophobia (i.e. responses to novelty) impacts on...
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PUBLICATIONS OF THE YEAR

2021

M, Lambert; S, Reber; E, Garcia-Pelegrin; B, Farrar; R, Miller

ManyBirds: A multi-site collaborative approach to avian cognition and behaviour research. Journal Article

In: Animal Behavior & Cognition, 2021.

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R, Miller; M, Lambert; A, Frohnweiser; K, Brecht; T, Bugnyar; I, Crampton; E, Garcia-Pelegrin; K, Gould; A, Greggor; E, Izawa; D, Kelly; Z, Li; Y, Luo; L, Luong; J, Massen; A, Nieder; S, Reber; M, Schiestl; P, Sepehri; J, Stevens; AH, Taylor; L, Wang; LM, Wolff; Y, Zhang; NS, Clayton

Socio-ecological correlates of neophobia in corvids. Journal Article

In: Current Biology, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX