The Royal Society

Supplementary material from "Boldness predicts divorce rates in wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans)"

Posted on 2022-09-05 - 02:49
Personality predicts divorce rates in humans, yet how personality traits affect divorce in wild animals remains largely unknown. In a male-skewed population of wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), we showed that personality predicts divorce; shyer males exhibited higher divorce rates than bolder males but no such relationship was found in females. We propose that divorce may be caused by the intrusion of male competitors and shyer males divorce more often due to their avoidance of territorial aggression, while females have easier access to mates regardless of their personality. Thus, personality may have important implications for the dynamics of social relationships.


Select your citation style and then place your mouse over the citation text to select it.



Usage metrics

Biology Letters


Ruijiao Sun
Joanie Van de Walle
Samantha C. Patrick
Christophe Barbraud
Henri Weimerskirch
Karine Delord
Stephanie Jenouvrier
need help?