finches

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Summary: Common name for small PASSERIFORMES in the family Fringillidae. They have a short stout bill (BEAK) adapted for crushing SEEDS. Some species of Old World finches are called CANARIES.

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  1. Naie K, Hahnloser R. Regulation of learned vocal behavior by an auditory motor cortical nucleus in juvenile zebra finches. J Neurophysiol. 2011;106:291-300 pubmed publisher
    ..Our findings reveal a contribution of NIf to song production in juveniles that agrees with its known role in adults in mediating thalamic drive to downstream vocal motor areas during sleep...
  2. Goldberg J, Adler A, Bergman H, Fee M. Singing-related neural activity distinguishes two putative pallidal cell types in the songbird basal ganglia: comparison to the primate internal and external pallidal segments. J Neurosci. 2010;30:7088-98 pubmed publisher
    ..functionally homologous to GPe and GPi neurons, we recorded from neurons in area X of singing juvenile male zebra finches, and directly compared their firing patterns to neurons recorded in the primate pallidus...
  3. Yoder K, Lu K, Vicario D. Blocking estradiol synthesis affects memory for songs in auditory forebrain of male zebra finches. Neuroreport. 2012;23:922-6 pubmed publisher
    ..To test the role of E2 in this auditory memory, we treated adult male zebra finches (n=16) with either the aromatase inhibitor fadrozole (FAD) or saline for 8 days...
  4. Toomey M, McGraw K. Mate choice for a male carotenoid-based ornament is linked to female dietary carotenoid intake and accumulation. BMC Evol Biol. 2012;12:3 pubmed publisher
    ..To test this hypothesis, we manipulated the dietary carotenoid levels of captive female house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) and assessed their mate choice behavior in response to color-manipulated male finches.
  5. Olveczky B, Otchy T, Goldberg J, Aronov D, Fee M. Changes in the neural control of a complex motor sequence during learning. J Neurophysiol. 2011;106:386-97 pubmed publisher
    ..As learning proceeds and the motor circuits mature, the relative contribution of LMAN is reduced, allowing the premotor input from HVC to drive an increasingly stereotyped song...
  6. Veit L, Aronov D, Fee M. Learning to breathe and sing: development of respiratory-vocal coordination in young songbirds. J Neurophysiol. 2011;106:1747-65 pubmed publisher
    ..After several weeks of practice, zebra finches are able to produce a precisely timed pattern of syllables and silences, precisely coordinated with expiratory ..
  7. Sild E, Sepp T, Männiste M, Hõrak P. Carotenoid intake does not affect immune-stimulated oxidative burst in greenfinches. J Exp Biol. 2011;214:3467-73 pubmed publisher
    ..However, it remains to be tested whether the oxidative burst of phagocytes induced in our experiment actually inflicts oxidative damage and whether carotenoids play a role in the attenuation of such potential damages...
  8. Bolund E, Schielzeth H, Forstmeier W. Correlates of male fitness in captive zebra finches--a comparison of methods to disentangle genetic and environmental effects. BMC Evol Biol. 2011;11:327 pubmed publisher
    ..We here examine different methods of doing this for a captive zebra finch population where male fitness was measured in communal aviaries in relation to three phenotypic traits (tarsus length, beak colour and song rate)...
  9. Pytte C, George S, Korman S, David E, Bogdan D, Kirn J. Adult neurogenesis is associated with the maintenance of a stereotyped, learned motor behavior. J Neurosci. 2012;32:7052-7 pubmed publisher
    ..More broadly, we propose that new neuron function may depend on the site of integration and can vary as widely as promoting, or restricting, behavioral plasticity...

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  1. Giraudeau M, Sweazea K, Butler M, McGraw K. Effects of carotenoid and vitamin E supplementation on oxidative stress and plumage coloration in house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus). Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2013;166:406-13 pubmed publisher
    ..As in a previous study of ours on carotenoids and health in finches, we employed a 2×2 factorial experimental design on birds in both molting and non-molting conditions, to ..
  2. Toomey M, Butler M, McGraw K. Immune-system activation depletes retinal carotenoids in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus). J Exp Biol. 2010;213:1709-16 pubmed publisher
    ..To test this hypothesis, we challenged molting wild-caught captive house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) with weekly injections of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) over the ..
  3. Graber M, Helmchen F, Hahnloser R. Activity in a premotor cortical nucleus of zebra finches is locally organized and exhibits auditory selectivity in neurons but not in glia. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e81177 pubmed publisher
    ..Using two-photon calcium imaging in anesthetized zebra finches we measure the spatio-temporal structure of baseline activity and of auditory evoked responses in identified ..
  4. Keary N, Bischof H. Activation changes in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) brain areas evoked by alterations of the earth magnetic field. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e38697 pubmed publisher
    ..We here exposed unrestrained zebra finches to either a stationary or a rotating magnetic field of the local intensity and inclination...
  5. Simons M, Briga M, Koetsier E, Folkertsma R, Wubs M, Dijkstra C, et al. Bill redness is positively associated with reproduction and survival in male and female zebra finches. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e40721 pubmed publisher
    ..example: bill redness was found to be positively associated with survival and reproductive output in male zebra finches, but negatively so in females...
  6. Katahira K, Suzuki K, Okanoya K, Okada M. Complex sequencing rules of birdsong can be explained by simple hidden Markov processes. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e24516 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results imply that the hierarchical representation with hidden state dynamics may underlie the neural implementation for generating complex behavioral sequences with higher-order dependencies...
  7. Qi L, Mohr M, Wade J. Enhanced expression of tubulin-specific chaperone protein A, mitochondrial ribosomal protein S27, and the DNA excision repair protein XPACCH in the song system of juvenile male zebra finches. Dev Neurobiol. 2012;72:199-207 pubmed publisher
    ..The present study examined expression of 10 sex chromosome genes in the song system of 25-day-old zebra finches in an attempt to further elucidate these factors...
  8. Koop J, Huber S, Laverty S, Clayton D. Experimental demonstration of the fitness consequences of an introduced parasite of Darwin's finches. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e19706 pubmed publisher
    ..The parasitic fly Philornis downsi, recently introduced to the Galápagos Islands, feeds on nestling Darwin's finches and other land birds...
  9. Klatt J, Goodson J. Sex-specific activity and function of hypothalamic nonapeptide neurons during nest-building in zebra finches. Horm Behav. 2013;64:818-24 pubmed publisher
    ..We quantified nesting behavior in male and female zebra finches following both peripheral and central administrations of OT and V1a receptor (OTR and V1aR, respectively) ..
  10. Nam K, Mugal C, Nabholz B, Schielzeth H, Wolf J, Backstrom N, et al. Molecular evolution of genes in avian genomes. Genome Biol. 2010;11:R68 pubmed publisher
  11. Liao S, Hou G, Liu X, Long C, Li D. Electrophysiological properties of neurons in the robust nucleus of the arcopallium of adult male zebra finches. Neurosci Lett. 2011;487:234-9 pubmed publisher
    ..They were characterized by a steeper slope of the recovery from the peak of the AHP and frequency-current relationships, a higher firing threshold, and irregular spiking in response to depolarizing current injection...
  12. Arct A, Rutkowska J, Martyka R, Drobniak S, Cichon M. Kin recognition and adjustment of reproductive effort in zebra finches. Biol Lett. 2010;6:762-4 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we show in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) that pairs of unfamiliar genetic brothers and sisters are less likely to reproduce in ..
  13. Grant P, Grant B. Causes of lifetime fitness of Darwin's finches in a fluctuating environment. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108:674-9 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings provide insight into the evolution of life history strategies of tropical birds. Darwin's finches deviate from the standard tropical pattern of a slow pace of life by combining tropical (long lifespan) and ..
  14. Ritschard M, Laucht S, Dale J, Brumm H. Enhanced testosterone levels affect singing motivation but not song structure and amplitude in Bengalese finches. Physiol Behav. 2011;102:30-5 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we tested whether experimentally elevated testosterone levels in adult Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata var...
  15. Seguin A, Forstmeier W. No band color effects on male courtship rate or body mass in the zebra finch: four experiments and a meta-analysis. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e37785 pubmed publisher
    ..most replicated experiments in behavioral ecology is the presumed manipulation of male attractiveness in zebra finches by adding red or green color bands...
  16. Warren T, TUMER E, Charlesworth J, Brainard M. Mechanisms and time course of vocal learning and consolidation in the adult songbird. J Neurophysiol. 2011;106:1806-21 pubmed publisher
    ..how LMAN contributes to both reinforcement-driven learning and a self-driven recovery process in adult Bengalese finches. We first drove changes in the fundamental frequency of targeted song syllables and compared the effects of ..
  17. Heidinger B, Blount J, Boner W, Griffiths K, Metcalfe N, Monaghan P. Telomere length in early life predicts lifespan. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109:1743-8 pubmed publisher
    ..We measured telomere length in zebra finches (n = 99) from the nestling stage and at various points thereafter, and recorded their natural lifespan (which ..
  18. Voss H, Salgado Commissariat D, Helekar S. Altered auditory BOLD response to conspecific birdsong in zebra finches with stuttered syllables. PLoS ONE. 2010;5:e14415 pubmed publisher
    ..Using functional magnetic resonance neuroimaging we examine auditory responses in two groups of zebra finches that differ in the type of song they sing after being tutored by birds producing stuttering-like syllable ..
  19. Forzán M, Vanderstichel R, Melekhovets Y, McBurney S. Trichomoniasis in finches from the Canadian Maritime provinces--An emerging disease. Can Vet J. 2010;51:391-6 pubmed
    ..Trichomonas gallinae was identified by histopathology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Trichomoniasis (trichomonosis) is an emerging disease in wild finches of eastern Canada.
  20. Delaney N, Balenger S, Bonneaud C, Marx C, Hill G, Ferguson Noel N, et al. Ultrafast evolution and loss of CRISPRs following a host shift in a novel wildlife pathogen, Mycoplasma gallisepticum. PLoS Genet. 2012;8:e1002511 pubmed publisher
    ..MG) is a pathogenic bacterium that has evolved predominantly in poultry and recently jumped to wild house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus), a common North American songbird...
  21. Lewis C, Cristol D, Swaddle J, Varian Ramos C, Zwollo P. Decreased immune response in zebra finches exposed to sublethal doses of mercury. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2013;64:327-36 pubmed publisher
    ..a flow cytometric assay was developed to measure lipopolysaccharide-induced B-lymphocyte proliferation in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  22. Peng Z, Zeng S, Liu Y, Dong Y, Zhang H, Zhang X, et al. Comparative study on song behavior, and ultra-structural, electrophysiological and immunoreactive properties in RA among deafened, untutored and normal-hearing Bengalese finches. Brain Res. 2012;1458:40-55 pubmed publisher
    ..the songs of Bengalese finch males that were deafened early in development or raised without tutors to control finches that learned songs from adult models...
  23. Martyka R, Rutkowska J, Cichon M. Sex-specific effects of maternal immunization on yolk antibody transfer and offspring performance in zebra finches. Biol Lett. 2011;7:50-3 pubmed publisher
    ..prior to egg laying affects sex-specific yolk antibody transfer and sex-specific offspring performance in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  24. Elemans C, Laje R, Mindlin G, Goller F. Smooth operator: avoidance of subharmonic bifurcations through mechanical mechanisms simplifies song motor control in adult zebra finches. J Neurosci. 2010;30:13246-53 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we use methods from nonlinear dynamics to test whether adult male zebra finches (Taenopygia guttata) use the intrinsic nonlinear properties of their vocal organ, the syrinx, to insert ..
  25. Menardy F, Touiki K, Dutrieux G, Bozon B, Vignal C, Mathevon N, et al. Social experience affects neuronal responses to male calls in adult female zebra finches. Eur J Neurosci. 2012;35:1322-36 pubmed publisher
    ..The functional properties of NCM neurons may thus change continuously to adapt to the social environment...
  26. Lynch K, Diekamp B, Ball G. Colocalization of immediate early genes in catecholamine cells after song exposure in female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Brain Behav Evol. 2012;79:252-60 pubmed publisher
    ..within three catecholaminergic brain regions in song-exposed (n = 11) and silence-exposed (n = 6) female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  27. Echeverry Galvis M, Hau M. Molt-breeding overlap alters molt dynamics and behavior in zebra finches, Taeniopygia guttata castanotis. J Exp Biol. 2012;215:1957-64 pubmed publisher
    ..and potential costs of such overlap by comparing molt and behavioral patterns in both sexes of captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis) that were solely molting or were overlapping breeding and molt...
  28. Blättler F, Hahnloser R. An efficient coding hypothesis links sparsity and selectivity of neural responses. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e25506 pubmed publisher
    ..In summary, we find support for the efficient coding hypothesis and provide new insights into the interplay between the sparsity and selectivity of neural responses...
  29. Long M, Jin D, Fee M. Support for a synaptic chain model of neuronal sequence generation. Nature. 2010;468:394-9 pubmed publisher
    ..of models of neural sequence generation, we carried out intracellular recordings of HVC neurons in singing zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  30. Logerot P, Krützfeldt N, Wild J, Kubke M. Subdivisions of the auditory midbrain (n. mesencephalicus lateralis, pars dorsalis) in zebra finches using calcium-binding protein immunocytochemistry. PLoS ONE. 2011;6:e20686 pubmed publisher
    ..three calcium binding protein antibodies to tissue sections from the brains of adult male and female zebra finches. The staining patterns resulting from the application of parvalbumin, calbindin and calretinin antibodies ..
  31. Roberts T, Gobes S, Murugan M, Olveczky B, Mooney R. Motor circuits are required to encode a sensory model for imitative learning. Nat Neurosci. 2012;15:1454-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we tested this idea by focally manipulating the brain activity of juvenile zebra finches, which learn to sing by memorizing and vocally copying the song of an adult tutor...
  32. Sato A, Tichy H, Grant P, Grant B, Sato T, O hUigin C. Spectrum of MHC class II variability in Darwin's finches and their close relatives. Mol Biol Evol. 2011;28:1943-56 pubmed publisher
    ..II B exon 2 and 114 intron 2 sequences of 36 passerine bird species, 13 of which belong to the group of Darwin's finches (DFs) and the remaining 23 to close or more distant relatives of DFs in Central and South America...
  33. Jin D, Kozhevnikov A. A compact statistical model of the song syntax in Bengalese finch. PLoS Comput Biol. 2011;7:e1001108 pubmed publisher
  34. Hanuschkin A, Diesmann M, Morrison A. A reafferent and feed-forward model of song syntax generation in the Bengalese finch. J Comput Neurosci. 2011;31:509-32 pubmed publisher
    Adult Bengalese finches generate a variable song that obeys a distinct and individual syntax. The syntax is gradually lost over a period of days after deafening and is recovered when hearing is restored...
  35. Peng Z, Zhang X, Xi C, Zeng S, Liu N, Zuo M, et al. Changes in ultra-structures and electrophysiological properties in HVC of untutored and deafened Bengalese finches relation to normally reared birds: implications for song learning. Brain Res Bull. 2012;89:211-22 pubmed publisher
    ..song production, and its ultrastructural or electrophysiological properties between the normally reared Bengalese finches, and the untutored or deafened ones before the onset of sensory learning (around post-hatching day 20)...
  36. Thompson C, Schwabe F, Schoof A, Mendoza E, Gampe J, Rochefort C, et al. Young and intense: FoxP2 immunoreactivity in Area X varies with age, song stereotypy, and singing in male zebra finches. Front Neural Circuits. 2013;7:24 pubmed publisher
    ..Once integrated, levels of FoxP2 expression correlate with singing behavior. Together, these findings raise the possibility that FoxP2 levels may orchestrate song learning and song stereotypy in adults by a common mechanism...
  37. Adelman J, Kirkpatrick L, Grodio J, Hawley D. House finch populations differ in early inflammatory signaling and pathogen tolerance at the peak of Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection. Am Nat. 2013;181:674-89 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we examine patterns and mechanisms of tolerance between two populations of house finches (Haemorhous [formerly Carpodacus] mexicanus) with different histories with the bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma ..
  38. Teschke I, Tebbich S. Physical cognition and tool-use: performance of Darwin's finches in the two-trap tube task. Anim Cogn. 2011;14:555-63 pubmed publisher
    ..Not all woodpecker finches use tools in nature, and we therefore also tested non-tool-using individuals to assess the effect of experience ..
  39. Ardia D, Broughton D, Gleicher M. Short-term exposure to testosterone propionate leads to rapid bill color and dominance changes in zebra finches. Horm Behav. 2010;58:526-32 pubmed publisher
    Testosterone (T) can influence both male-male competition and mate choice displays. In zebra finches, female mate choice is based in part on bill color, and bill color has been shown to be enhanced by long-term testosterone ..
  40. Pedersen A, Tomaszycki M. Oxytocin antagonist treatments alter the formation of pair relationships in zebra finches of both sexes. Horm Behav. 2012;62:113-9 pubmed publisher
    ..one of three doses of an oxytocin antagonist (1 ?g, 5 ?g, or 10 ?g) or a vehicle to adult male and female zebra finches (in separate experiments) with no prior pairing experience...
  41. Goldberg J, Fee M. A cortical motor nucleus drives the basal ganglia-recipient thalamus in singing birds. Nat Neurosci. 2012;15:620-7 pubmed publisher
    ..in a basal ganglia-recipient thalamic nucleus that is necessary for vocal variability and learning in zebra finches. We found that song-locked rate modulations in the thalamus could not be explained by pallidal inputs alone and ..
  42. Campagna L, Geale K, Handford P, Lijtmaer D, Tubaro P, Lougheed S. A molecular phylogeny of the Sierra-Finches (Phrygilus, Passeriformes): extreme polyphyly in a group of Andean specialists. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2011;61:521-33 pubmed publisher
    ..we use mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences to derive the first phylogenetic hypothesis for Phrygilus (Sierra-Finches), one of the most species-rich genera of mainly Andean passerines...
  43. Flórez Rodríguez A, Carling M, Cadena C. Reconstructing the phylogeny of "Buarremon" brush-finches and near relatives (Aves, Emberizidae) from individual gene trees. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2011;58:297-303 pubmed publisher
  44. Koetsier E, Verhulst S. A simple technique to manipulate foraging costs in seed-eating birds. J Exp Biol. 2011;214:1225-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Increasing foraging costs in this way induced zebra finches to double the time spent foraging, and to decrease their basal metabolic rate, in agreement with results obtained ..
  45. Miller Sims V, Bottjer S. Auditory experience refines cortico-basal ganglia inputs to motor cortex via remapping of single axons during vocal learning in zebra finches. J Neurophysiol. 2012;107:1142-56 pubmed publisher
    ..This transient projection provides a point of integration between the two basal ganglia pathways, suggesting that these branches convey corollary discharge signals as birds are actively engaged in learning...
  46. Tang Y, Wade J. Sex- and age-related differences in ribosomal proteins L17 and L37, as well as androgen receptor protein, in the song control system of zebra finches. Neuroscience. 2010;171:1131-40 pubmed publisher
    ..Specific patterns differed across regions and between RPL17 and RPL37, which suggest potential roles of one or both of these proteins in the incorporation and/or differentiation of song system cells...
  47. Larson E, Maddox R, Perrone B, Sen K, Billimoria C. Neuron-specific stimulus masking reveals interference in spike timing at the cortical level. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2012;13:81-9 pubmed publisher
    ..We record from single and multi-unit auditory sites from field L, the auditory cortex homologue in zebra finches. We use a novel method called spike timing-based stimulus filtering that uses the measured response of each ..
  48. Watanabe S, Mayer U, Bischof H. Visual Wulst analyses "where" and entopallium analyses "what" in the zebra finch visual system. Behav Brain Res. 2011;222:51-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The entopallium is thus involved if the food source is identified by a pattern, and the Wulst if it has to be found by spatial cues...
  49. Schulz S, Haesler S, Scharff C, Rochefort C. Knockdown of FoxP2 alters spine density in Area X of the zebra finch. Genes Brain Behav. 2010;9:732-40 pubmed publisher
    ..We have previously shown that deficits in vocal learning occur in zebra finches after reduction of FoxP2 in Area X, a striatal nucleus involved in song acquisition...
  50. Mallarino R, Grant P, Grant B, Herrel A, Kuo W, Abzhanov A. Two developmental modules establish 3D beak-shape variation in Darwin's finches. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108:4057-62 pubmed publisher
    ..Similar modularity in development may characterize complex traits in other organisms to a greater extent than is currently appreciated...
  51. Poole B, Markowitz J, Gardner T. The song must go on: resilience of the songbird vocal motor pathway. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e38173 pubmed publisher
    ..The stereotyped song of zebra finches includes acoustic details that span from milliseconds to seconds--one of the most precise learned behaviors in ..
  52. Costantini D, Monaghan P, Metcalfe N. Biochemical integration of blood redox state in captive zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). J Exp Biol. 2011;214:1148-52 pubmed publisher
    ..among different molecular components of the blood redox system (both plasma and red blood cells) in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
  53. Hawley D, Dhondt K, Dobson A, Grodio J, Hochachka W, Ley D, et al. Common garden experiment reveals pathogen isolate but no host genetic diversity effect on the dynamics of an emerging wildlife disease. J Evol Biol. 2010;23:1680-8 pubmed publisher
    ..In a common garden experiment, we challenged wild-caught western (native) and eastern (introduced) North American finches with a representative eastern or western MG isolate...