Shy male great tits have fewer 'friends' but build stronger bonds than bolder birds, researchers have found.

Scientists have studied the birds in Oxfordshire for over 60 years and their latest results revealed how personality affects behaviour.

To understand the intricacies of their social networks, the birds' woodland movements were tracked using tiny tags.

Shyer birds were found to be more likely to stay in the same flock while bolder birds were more gregarious.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/24126083

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