Horm Behav 2021 Jun 15;134:105015. Epub 2021 Jun 15.
Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; Animal Behaviour and Cognition, Department of Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Oxytocin is involved in a broad array of social behaviours. While saliva has been used regularly to investigate the role of oxytocin in social behaviour of mammal species, so far, to our knowledge, no-one has tried to measure its homolog, mesotocin, in birds' saliva. Therefore, in this study we measured salivary mesotocin in common ravens (Corvus corax), and subsequently explored its link to three aspects of raven sociality. Read More