Choreography of song, dance and beak movements in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata).

  title={Choreography of song, dance and beak movements in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata).},
  author={Heather T Williams},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={204 Pt 20},
As do many songbirds, zebra finches sing their learned songs while performing a courtship display that includes movements of the body, head and beak. The coordination of these display components was assessed by analyzing video recordings of courting males. All birds changed beak aperture frequently within a single song, and each individual's pattern of beak movements was consistent from song to song. Birds that copied their father's songs reproduced many of the changes in beak aperture… CONTINUE READING


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