Fish can be picky eaters
(PhysOrg.com) -- We all know how fussy kids can be about their food, but now new research suggests they're not the only ones.
Putting muscle into birdsong: Wide range of pitch is due to vocal muscles more than air pressure
Female zebra finches don't sing but make one-note, low-pitch calls. Males sing over a wide range of frequencies. University of Utah scientists discovered how: The males' stronger vocal muscles, not the pressure ...
Birds reduce their heating bills in cold climates
The evolution of bird bills is related to climate according to latest research by the University of Melbourne, Australia and Brock University, Canada.
Birds and mammals share a common brain circuit for learning
(PhysOrg.com) -- Bird song learning is a model system for studying the general principles of learning, but attempts to draw parallels between learning in birds and mammals have been difficult because of anatomical ...
Scientists get bird's-eye view of how cuckoos fool their hosts (w/ Video)
Using field experiments in Africa and a new computer model that gives them a bird's eye view of the world, Cambridge scientists have discovered how a bird decides whether or not a cuckoo has laid an egg in ...
Cuckoo chicks in Zebra finches
(PhysOrg.com) -- Some female zebra finches foist a part of their eggs on their neighbours. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen discovered that in every fifth nest there is one ...
Darwin's finch and the evolution of smell
Darwin's finches - some 14 related species of songbirds found on the Galapagos and Cocos Islands - will forever be enshrined in history for having planted the seeds of the theory of evolution through natural selection. Today, ...
Tweet: Scientists decode songbird's genome, provide clues on language learning (w/ Video)
Nearly all animals make sounds instinctively, but baby songbirds learn to sing in virtually the same way human infants learn to speak: by imitating a parent.
Cooperative behavior is for the birds
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cooperative behaviors are rare in the animal kingdom and remain a great enigma for evolutionary biologists. A new study by Frederique Dubois, a professor at the University of Montreal Department ...
Simple math explains dramatic beak shape variation in Darwin's finches
From how massive humpbacks glide through the sea with ease to the efficient way fungal spores fly, applied mathematicians at Harvard have excavated the equations behind a variety of complex phenomena.
Which Side Are You On? Birds Need Tutoring to Find Out
(PhysOrg.com) -- Just like us, songbirds need tutoring to learn to vocalize and sing.
Fathers are no role models
(PhysOrg.com) -- Female zebra finches do not only differ in the way they chose their mate but also in their preference for a partner.
The Link Between Birdsong And Human Language
Scientists studying how Bengalese finches use sets of syllables to communicate are a step closer to understanding how humans develop and use vocabulary. After studying the neural networks in finch brains, ...
Transgenic songbirds provide new tool to understand the brain
(PhysOrg.com) -- Over the decades, scientists have learned a lot about the basic life processes shared by many animals — including people — by manipulating the DNA of the "lower" species, such as mice and worms. But to ...