Dr Sue Healy


Harold Mitchell 208
tel. 01334 462065
fax. 01334 463042

I have several avenues of research currently underway all stemming from an interest in adaptation and cognition.  I investigate cognitive ablities in non-model organisms such as hummingbirds, zebra finches and bowerbirds and I am especially interested in 'animal cognition in the wild' and test cognitive abilities of animals (nearly always birds) in as natural conditions as possible. I currently have two major projects: 1) cognitive abilities of rufous hummingbirds (in collaboration with Andy Hurly, U. of Lethbridge, Canada) and 2) the cognitive basis of nest building in birds (in collaboration with Simone Meddle, U. of Edinburgh, UK).  I am also interested in explanations for variation in brain size (in collaboration with Candy Rowe, U. of Newcastle, UK).



Carlson, NV, Healy, SD & Templeton, CN 2017, 'A comparative study of how British tits encode predator threat in their mobbing calls' Animal Behaviour, vol 125, pp. 77-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.011
Hornsby, MAW, Healy, SD & Hurly, TA 2017, 'Wild hummingbirds can use the geometry of a flower array' Behavioural Processes, vol In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.01.019
Griffith, SC, Crino, OL, Andrew, SC, Nomano, FY, Adkins-Regan, E, Alonso-Alvarez, C, Bailey, IE, Bittner, SS, Bolton, PE, Boner, W, Boogert, N, Boucaud, ICA, Briga, M, Buchanan, KL, Caspers, BA, Cichoń, M, Clayton, DF, Derégnaucourt, S, Forstmeier, W, Guillette, LM, Hartley, IR, Healy, SD, Hill, DL, Holveck, M-J, Hurley, LL, Ihle, M, Krause, ET, Mainwaring, MC, Marasco, V, Mariette, MM, Martin-Wintle, MS, McCowan, LSC, McMahon, M, Monaghan, P, Nager, RG, Naguib, M, Nord, A, Potvin, DA, Prior, NH, Riebel, K, Romero-Haro, AA, Royle, NJ, Rutkowska, J, Schuett, W, Swaddle, JP, Tobler, M, Trompf, L, Varian-Ramos, CW, Vignal, C, Villain, AS & Williams, TD 2017, 'Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities' Ethology, vol 123, no. 1, pp. 1-29. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12576
Federspiel, IG, Garland, A, Guez, D, Bugynar, T, Healy, SD, Güntürkün, O & Griffin, AS 2017, 'Adjusting foraging strategies: a comparison of rural and urban common mynas (Acridotheres tristis)' Animal Cognition, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 65-74. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-016-1045-7
Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2016, 'The roles of vocal and visual interactions in social learning zebra finches: a video playback experiment' Behavioural Processes, vol In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.12.009
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