Behavioral and adrenocortical responses to mate separation and reunion in the zebra finch.

@article{RemageHealey2003BehavioralAA,
  title={Behavioral and adrenocortical responses to mate separation and reunion in the zebra finch.},
  author={Luke Remage-Healey and Elizabeth Adkins-Regan and L. Michael Romero},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  year={2003},
  volume={43 1},
  pages={108-14}
}
The adaptive value of social affiliation has been well established. It is unclear, however, what endogenous mechanisms may mediate affiliative behavior. The Australian zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) breeds colonially and adults maintain lifelong pair bonds that may be disrupted in the wild due to high mortality rates. Many of its natural, social behaviors are maintained in laboratory conditions, making this species well suited for studying the mechanisms of affiliation. This study examines… CONTINUE READING