Lecture about the project Personalities
17 januari 2020, 10:00
Location: It Fryske Gea, Huize Olterterp, Beetsterzwaag
In winter 2017-2018 I started a project in collaboration with Behavioural Biologist Prof. dr. A.G.G. Ton Groothuis from the University of Groningen (RUG). We want to investigate if certain Great Grey Shrikes (Lanius excubitor) have there own personality and preference for the way they fix their prey and how these activities are lateralized (asymmetrical in terms of preference for leg and eye).
The aim of the project is to see: (1) to what extent this behavior is lateralized on an individual level, (2) on population level (3) and how it is linked to personality properties.
The project will run till the winter of 2019-2020. Results of this project will be published in late 2020 with sources and material from different ‘Sciences’.
The name Handwerk is an old name for the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) and a result of folk etymology from falconers, who saw this bird as an extension of their hand and a tool to catch birds of prey. For me the name gives a translation of his behaviour: the use of tools. During my scientific fieldwork, I collected several of these kinds of tools, such as the branches of trees and shrubs, but also by humans placed objects which are connected to personal experiences and stories. The entire collection will be transformed into a theatre of spiritual insights.
‘A tale of two tails: asymmetry in Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)’ is published in “Avian Research“. Article online here or PDF here