Learning in nest construction in birds

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Summary:

For my PhD, I worked under the supervision of Dr Sue Healy, funded by The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. My research focused on the role of cognition in nest construction in birds. Nest building behaviour is extremely widespread, yet the role cognitive processes such as learning may play in it are unknown. I investigated the role of learning and experience in a number of aspects of building behaviour.