Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches
Zebra Finches Recognize the Calls of Over 40 Fellow Finches

Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.

Their ability to distinguish between individuals is strong evidence for fast mapping, a learning tool generally thought to belong only to humans.

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Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Ruth Williams | Sep 24, 2020
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
Image of the Day: Species-Specific Songs
Image of the Day: Species-Specific Songs
Emily Makowski | Nov 14, 2019
Gene activity is linked to songbirds’ tunes.

Researchers Implant Memories in Zebra Finch Brains
Researchers Implant Memories in Zebra Finch Brains
Abby Olena | Oct 3, 2019
Juvenile birds learn the length of the sounds in a song from a false memory introduced via optogenetics, instead of from real interactions with a tutor bird.
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Squirrels Listen to Birdsong for Safety Cues
Emily Makowski | Sep 5, 2019
Eastern gray squirrels appear to ease up on vigilance behavior when the birds sound calm.
Flycatchers’ Song Preference Linked to Genes
Flycatchers’ Song Preference Linked to Genes
Diana Kwon | Jun 14, 2017
The birds learn the songs of their conspecifics even when raised by another species.
Birds Possess an Innate Vocal Signature Based on Silent Gaps
Birds Possess an Innate Vocal Signature Based on Silent Gaps
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2017
 Zebra finches reared by another species learn to sing their foster parents’ song with rhythms characteristic of their genetic background.
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2017
Diverse species are said to sing, but music is in the ear of the beholder.
Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Jenny Rood | Mar 1, 2017
Birdsong bears a striking resemblance to human music, but it’s not yet clear that birds interpret it that way.
Infographic: Taking Note of Singing Errors
Infographic: Taking Note of Singing Errors
Catherine Offord | Feb 28, 2017
Birds' brains respond to distorted songs with changes in dopamine signaling.