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A procedure for an automated measurement of song similarity
A fully automated procedure that measures parametrically the similarity between songs, and can be used to examine imitation accuracy across acoustic features; song development; the effect of brain lesions on specific song features; and variability across different renditions of a song or a call.
Central control of song in the canary, Serinus canarius
Central nervous pathways controlling bird son in the canary are traced using a combination of behavioral and anatomical techniques and direct connections were found onto the cells of the motor nucleus innervating the syrinx, the organ of song production.
Auditory pathways of caudal telencephalon and their relation to the song system of adult male zebra finches (Taenopygia guttata)
These data represent the most complete survey to date of auditory pathways in the adult male zebra finch brain, and of their projections to motor stations of the song system.
A comparative study of the behavioral deficits following lesions of various parts of the zebra finch song system: implications for vocal learning
It is concluded that Area X and LMAN contribute differently to song acquisition: the song variability that is typical of vocal development persists following early deafness or lesions of Area X but ends abruptly following removal of LMAN.
Seasonal recruitment of hippocampal neurons in adult free-ranging black-capped chickadees.
  • A. Barnea, F. Nottebohm
  • Biology, Medicine
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 8 November 1994
It is suggested that the neurons added are part of a process of neuronal replacement and that they are important for the acquisition of new spatial memories, a need that is particularly acute in the fall.
Decrements in auditory responses to a repeated conspecific song are long-lasting and require two periods of protein synthesis in the songbird forebrain.
At least two waves of gene induction appear to be necessary for long-lasting habituation to a particular song in awake male zebra finches.
Sexual dimorphism in vocal control areas of the songbird brain.
In canaries and zebra finches, three vocal control areas in the brain are strikingly larger in males than in females, believed to be the first report of such gross sexual dimorphism in a vertebrate brain.
For Whom The Bird Sings Context-Dependent Gene Expression
It is shown that the anterior forebrain vocal pathway contains medial and lateral "cortical-basal ganglia" subdivisions that have differential ZENK gene activation depending on whether the bird sings female-directed or undirected song.
Motor-driven gene expression.
The act of singing, but not hearing song, induces a rapid and striking increase in expression of the transcriptional regulator ZENK in the high vocal center and other song nuclei.
A large-capacity memory system that recognizes the calls and songs of individual birds.
The results suggest that the caudomedial neostriatum of the zebra finch is specialized for remembering the calls and songs of many individual conspecifics.