Starting in 1994, because of the efforts of participants across North America, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology started the House Finch Disease Survey. This survey collected data on the spread and prevalence of a bacterial disease that now affects House Finches from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts. These data have been invaluable for documenting the spread of the disease and have motivating research that seeks to understand the reasons for persistence of the disease as well as its longer-term impact on House Finch abundance.. In 2008, the House Finch Disease Survey ended as a stand-alone project, but monitoring the disease continued through the data collection protocol in Project FeederWatch. We encourage FeederWatchers to look for signs of the disease in House Finches, American Goldfinches, and a few other finches coming to their feeders and to report whether they see it or not. Importantly, looking for the disease and NOT seeing signs of it is as valuable to report as observations of disease ...
Animals. All birds were adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) (,90 d old) obtained from a local breeder.. PCR cloning and sequence analysis. Total RNA was isolated from the adult zebra finch brain in ISOGEN (NIPPON GENE) according to the manufacturers instructions. First-strand cDNA was synthesized from the 2.5 μg total RNA of the zebra finch brain as the template with oligo-dT15 primer (Stratagene, Eugene, OR). N-terminal (5′-GCAGAAAGTGAAGATTCACARG-3′) and C-terminal (5′-CCTTAAGTGCTTTTAGCTCYTC-3′) primers were designed based on the conserved amino acid sequences of mammalian CREB isoforms. The PCR products were resolved in 1% agarose gels, and the specifically amplified band with an approximate size of 700 bp was subcloned into pGEM-T Easy (Promega, Madison, WI). The nucleotide sequences were determined by dyeprimer cycling with ABI PRISM 377 DNA sequencing system. To extend the 5′ and 3′ ends of the cDNA fragment, the 5′-RACE and 3′-RACE System for Rapid ...
This case study uses Darwins finches to teach students about life tables. Life tables are tables of statistics that relate to life expectancy and reproductive output for a population of organisms. Students are asked to tabulate traditional life table values like those obtained by evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant, who study the dynamics of finch populations in the Galapagos Islands. Students next compare the survival of two different finch species as well as groups of the same species tracked at different time points. They then interpret and integrate information in multiple forms (numerical, graphical, and written) to address ecological and evolutionary problems. For instance, students produce their own survivorship curve from calculated life table values and, together with graphical data on annual rainfall, speculate on the relationship between rainfall and finch survival. Students also calculate reproductive rates and generation times of the finches and integrate the concepts ...
In adult zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), the telencephalon occupies 64% of the entire brain. This fraction is similar to what is seen in parrots, but many other birds possess a significantly smaller telencephalon. The aim of the present study was to determine the developmental time course and cellular basis of telencephalic enlargement in zebra finches, and then to compare these findings with what is known about telencephalic enlargement in other birds. To this end we estimated the volumes of all major brain regions from serial sections in embryonic and post-hatching zebra finches. We also labeled proliferating cells with antibodies against proliferating cell nuclear antigen and phosphorylated histone H3. An important finding to emerge from this work is that the telencephalon of zebra finches at hatching contains a thick proliferative subventricular zone (SVZ) that extends from the subpallium into the dorsal pallium. The data also show that the onset and offset of telencephalic neurogenesis ...
The conditions an organism experiences during early development can have profound and long lasting effects on its subsequent behavior, attractiveness, and life history decisions. Most previous studies have exposed individuals to different conditions throughout development until nutritional independence. Yet under natural conditions, individuals may experience limitations for much shorter periods due to transient environmental fluctuations. Here, we used zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) in captivity to determine if conditions experienced during distinctly different early developmental phases contribute differently to male and female attractiveness and subsequent reproduction. We conducted a breeding experiment in which offspring were exposed to food regimes with (a) low quality food provided only during the nestling period, (b) low quality food provided only during the fledgling period, or (c) high quality food throughout early development. We show that despite short-term effects on biometry and
Finches are colorful little birds that brighten up our yards and feeders, thanks to their enthusiastic appetite for sunflower, thistle, and other seeds. We see three varieties regularly in Oakmont.. If you have a seed feeder or suet out now, you are assured of seeing House Finches, which travel in packs. Inevitably, when someone asks what that small red bird is at their feeder, its a male House Finch. Most males sport a cheerful rosy red face and upper breast, and they flash a red rump when they fly. They have streaky brown backs and underparts, and a notched tail. Because they acquire their coloring from their diet, you may also see orange and almost yellow House Finches. As with many birds, the females miss out on the color - theyre a drab gray-brown with thick streaking. House Finches have a long, pleasant warbling song - if youre out in the morning and hear sustained singing, its likely one of them.. Purple Finches are seen less frequently at feeders, preferring to forage in trees for ...
In many contexts, animals assess each other using signals that vary continuously across individuals and, on average, reflect variation in the quality of the signaller1,2. It is often assumed that signal receivers perceive and respond continuously to continuous variation in the signal2. Alternatively, perception and response may be discontinuous3, owing to limitations in discrimination, categorization or both. Discrimination is the ability to tell two stimuli apart (for example, whether one can tell apart colours close to each other in hue). Categorization concerns whether stimuli are grouped based on similarities (for example, identifying colours with qualitative similarities in hue as similar even if they can be distinguished)4. Categorical perception is a mechanism by which perceptual systems categorize continuously varying stimuli, making specific predictions about discrimination relative to category boundaries. Here we show that female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) categorically perceive a
A brain nucleus that is important for the generation of song in the adult male zebra finch (Poephila guttata), the robust nucleus of the archistriatum (RA), receives dual inputs from two other telencephalic song nuclei: the hyperstriatum ventrale pars caudale (HVc) and the lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior neostriatum (L-MAN). We lesioned each of these afferent inputs to the RA early in development, either by themselves or both at the same time in the same side of the brain, to determine what influences each of these nuclei exerts on the normal development of the RA into adulthood. We found that lesioning the HVc in a 20-day-old male zebra finch prevents the later increase in RA volume and soma size that would normally occur around 35 days post-hatching. MAN lesions at this same early age, on the other hand, had a large effect on reducing the volume and cell number of RA neurons, without affecting soma size. Lesioning both inputs early in development induced considerable RA neuronal ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Neural properties of fundamental function encoding of sound selectivity in the female avian auditory cortex. AU - Inda, Masahiro. AU - Hotta, Kohji. AU - Oka, Kotaro. PY - 2020/4/1. Y1 - 2020/4/1. N2 - Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) use their voices for communication. Song structures in the songs of individual males are important for sound recognition in females. The caudomedial mesopallium (CMM) and nidopallium (NCM) are known to be essential higher auditory regions for sound recognition. These two regions have also been discussed with respect to their fundamental functions and song selectivity. To clarify their functions and selectivity, we investigated latencies and spiking patterns and also developed a novel correlation analysis to evaluate the relationship between neural activity and the characteristics of acoustic factors. We found that the latencies and spiking patterns in response to song stimuli differed between the CMM and NCM. In addition, our correlation analysis ...
Most mammals possess a vomeronasal system that detects predominantly chemical signals of biological relevance. Vomeronasal information is relayed to the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB), whose unique cortical target is the posteromedial cortical nucleus of the amygdala. This cortical structure should therefore be considered the primary vomeronasal cortex. In the present work, we describe the afferent and efferent connections of the posteromedial cortical nucleus of the amygdala in female mice, using anterograde (biotinylated dextranamines) and retrograde (Fluorogold) tracers, and zinc selenite as a tracer specific for zinc-enriched (putative glutamatergic) projections. The results show that the posteromedial cortical nucleus of the amygdala is strongly interconnected not only with the rest of the vomeronasal system (AOB and its target structures in the amygdala), but also with the olfactory system (piriform cortex, olfactory-recipient nuclei of the amygdala and entorhinal cortex). Therefore, the ...
BACKGROUND: We still have limited knowledge about the underlying genetic mechanisms that enable migrating species of birds to navigate the globe. Here we make an attempt to get insight into the genetic architecture controlling this complex innate behaviour. We contrast the gene expression profiles of two closely related songbird subspecies with divergent migratory phenotypes. In addition to comparing differences in migratory strategy we include a temporal component and contrast patterns between breeding adults and autumn migrating juvenile birds of both subspecies. The two willow warbler subspecies, Phylloscopus trochilus trochilus and P. t. acredula, are remarkably similar both in phenotype and genotype and have a narrow contact zone in central Scandinavia. Here we used a microarray gene chip representing 23,136 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata to identify mRNA level differences in willow warbler brain tissue in relation to subspecies and season.. RESULTS: ...
Despite growing evidence that demonstrate adverse effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on many species, relatively little is known regarding its effects on brain plasticity in birds. We recently showed that although ALAN increases cell proliferation in brains of birds, neuronal densities in two brain regions decreased, indicating neuronal death, which might be due to mortality of newly produced neurons or of existing ones. Therefore, in the present study we studied the effect of long-term ALAN on the recruitment of newborn neurons into their target regions in the brain. Accordingly, we exposed zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) to 5 lux ALAN, and analysed new neuronal recruitment and total neuronal densities in several brain regions. We found that ALAN increased neuronal recruitment, possibly as a compensatory response to ALAN-induced neuronal death, and/or due to increased nocturnal locomotor activity caused by sleep disruption. Moreover, ALAN also had a differential temporal effect on neuronal
An anatomically discrete system of interconnected brain nuclei controls production of learned song patterns in adult male zebra finches (Poephila guttata). The corresponding nuclei in females, who do not sing, are greatly reduced in volume. Cells in some telencephalic song- control nuclei accumulate androgens, and male nuclei contain a much higher proportion of hormone-concentrating cells than do female nuclei. The main purpose of this experiment was to examine the normal ontogeny of the total volume of various telencephalic nuclei that have been directly or indirectly implicated in song learning and behavior in male zebra finches. In addition, the corresponding nuclei of age-matched females were examined. The major findings were as follows: the volumes of the caudal nucleus of the ventral hyperstriatum (HVc), the robust nucleus of the archistriatum (RA), and area X increased sharply in males between 12 and 53 days of age, whereas brain regions not involved with song control increased much less. ...
In social organisms, immune-mediated behavioural changes (sickness behaviours) can both influence and respond to social dynamics. We tested whether social status in house finches ( Haemorhous mexicanus) modulates the acute phase response or aggressive interactions with flockmates. We treated subordinate or dominant finches within captive flocks with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to stimulate an acute phase response (APR), and quantified mass loss, activity, foraging behaviours, and agonistic interactions. Subordinate finches lost more mass than dominants in response to LPS, but social status did not influence the expression of sickness behaviours (activity and foraging) upon LPS injection. LPS-injected subordinate birds experienced reduced aggression from mid-ranking but not dominant flockmates, indicating status-mediated effects of sickness behaviour on agonistic interactions. Our results suggest that social status in house finches influences one component of the APR (mass loss) and can interact with the
In many incubating birds heat transfer from parent to egg is facilitated by the brood patch, an area of ventral abdominal skin that becomes highly vascularised, swells and loses its down feathers around the time of laying. Only the female develops a brood patch in most passerine species, but some males incubate and maintain the eggs at similar temperatures to females without a brood patch. Here we used a novel application of infra-red thermography (IRT) to examine sex differences in parental care from a physiological perspective. Using incubating male and female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), a species in which the male lacks a brood patch, we measured the surface temperature of the ventral plumage overlying the abdomen and a reference area that does not contact the eggs (thorax) twice per pair. In half of the pairs clutch size was experimentally enlarged between the two sets of measurements to increase incubation demand. We found that the temperature differential between abdomen and ...
It has gained fame due to its capability of using a twig, stick, or cactus spine as a tool so it has been nicknamed the carpenter finch.[2] The tool is used as compensation for its short tongue. The finch manipulates the tool to dislodge invertebrate prey such as grubs from trees. The same tool can be used many times on many different trees. Scientists have observed that the finches may shorten the stick or spine to make it more manageable. The finches may also try various sticks or spines at one site before finding just the appropriate one that can reach and extract the prey item. A 2001 study shows that this behavior is possibly not acquired through social learning, as juveniles were able to use tools even without making contact with adults.[3]. Woodpeckers have strong bills for drilling and drumming on trees, and long sticky tongues for extracting food.[4] On the isolated Galapagos islands, without competition from South American woodpecker species, the woodpecker finch was able to adapt, and ...
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One of the fairly common birds in Wisconsin and Minnesota right now didnt even exist here until the late 1980s. Genuinely wild House Finches were not recorded anywhere in Wisconsin until 1987, and not in Minnesota until 1989. The House Finchs original range was in the American Southwest. During the 1800s and early 1900s, wild birds were often captured to serve as pets, and people in the East eagerly bought these birds, marketed as Hollywood Finches. When the Migratory Bird Act was passed, making it illegal to trade in native American species, a handful of unscrupulous bird dealers continued to sell them. When the US Fish and Wildlife Service raided some Long Island pet shops in 1940 and 1941, the owners released their birds out their windows. The birds managed to eke out an existence on Long Island, and in the following decades slowly spread along the eastern seaboard. Then, in the 1970s and 80s, their population exploded and they started spreading inland. Now virtually all eastern House ...
Adaptable, colorful, and cheery-voiced, House Finches are common from coast to coast today, familiar visitors to backyard feeders. Native to the Southwest, they are recent arrivals in the East. New York pet shop owners, who had been selling the finches illegally, released their birds in 1940 to escape prosecution; the finches survived, and began to colonize the New York suburbs. By 50 years later they had advanced halfway across the continent, meeting their western kin on the Great Plains.
The zebra finch has long been an important model system for the study of vocal learning, vocal production, and behavior. With the imminent sequencing of its genome, the zebra finch is now poised to become a model system for population genetics. Using a panel of 30 noncoding loci, we characterized patterns of polymorphism and divergence among wild zebra finch populations. Continental Australian populations displayed little population structure, exceptionally high levels of nucleotide diversity (π = 0.010), a rapid decay of linkage disequilibrium (LD), and a high population recombination rate (ρ ≈ 0.05), all of which suggest an open and fluid genomic background that could facilitate adaptive variation. By contrast, substantial divergence between the Australian and Lesser Sunda Island populations (KST = 0.193), reduced genetic diversity (π = 0.002), and higher levels of LD in the island population suggest a strong but relatively recent founder event, which may have contributed to speciation ...
The finch species represent birds that differ very little from each other in any significant way, as is recognized in the relevant literature. The finches retain the ability to interbreed and produce viable, fertile hybrids (Jeffrey Podos and Stephen Nowicki, Beaks, Adaptation, and Vocal Evolution in Darwins Finches, BioScience, Vol. 54(6):501-510 (June 2004)). It has also been documented that that several of Galápagos finch species are known to interbreed in the wild (Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant, Unpredictable evolution in a 30-year study of Darwins finches, Science, Vol. 296:707-711 (2002)). Now of course interbreeding is not the be all and end all of speciation, but the ability to interbreed indicates how close the species are to each other-more akin to varieties of dogs than to dogs v. foxes ...
The finch species represent birds that differ very little from each other in any significant way, as is recognized in the relevant literature. The finches retain the ability to interbreed and produce viable, fertile hybrids (Jeffrey Podos and Stephen Nowicki, Beaks, Adaptation, and Vocal Evolution in Darwins Finches, BioScience, Vol. 54(6):501-510 (June 2004)). It has also been documented that that several of Galápagos finch species are known to interbreed in the wild (Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant, Unpredictable evolution in a 30-year study of Darwins finches, Science, Vol. 296:707-711 (2002)). Now of course interbreeding is not the be all and end all of speciation, but the ability to interbreed indicates how close the species are to each other-more akin to varieties of dogs than to dogs v. foxes ...
Castration of adult male zebra finches (Poephila guttata, Estrildidae) reduces their singing rate and the tempo of song, but castrates continue to sing song identical in form to preoperative song. Injection or implantation of testosterone propionate (TP) but not of vehicle alone reverses the changes …
I have 2 female 6 year old finches in separate large cages placed fairly close together. In the past few weeks one seemed weak and lethargic.I started adding spinach and veterinary finch diet plus vitamins and probiotics and noticed she became stronger and appetite improved but now is seeming agitated and fluffing feathers a lot. Droppings look fine .Im now increasing the amount of hours of light and placed a small humidifier in the room.Just today I began adding Doxycycline to water. Her feathers appear in a little bit of poor condition .Is there anything I may have missed .Oh Im also adding milk thistle as of a week ago and yesterday started Polymva Is there anything more that I can do???What could be making her sick when the other bird is fine??. ...
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Carotenoids are pigments that are responsible for the hue of egg yolk and are essential to embryonic and early post-hatching development in birds (Surai 2002). Two studies using high performance liquid chromatography to measure carotenoid content in zebra finch yolks found mainly lutein, zeaxanthin and anhydrolutein, with small amounts of β-cryptoxanthin and β-carotene (McGraw et al. 2002; Royle et al. 2003). Carotenoid content decreases over the laying sequence (e.g. Royle et al. 2003; Williamson et al. 2006), but the relative percentages of component carotenoids remained unchanged in a comparison of first and last eggs in zebra finch clutches (Royle et al. 2003). The hue of zebra finch egg yolks varies dramatically among eggs and changes substantially from orange to yellow over the laying sequence within a clutch, while the saturation invariably was very close to 100 per cent (this study). This suggests that more orange yolks contain a higher total concentration of carotenoids. Studies ...
Sarcoids were diagnosed in two captive zebras from different facilities. Zebra 1 (Equus burchellii boehmi) was a 4.5-yr-old, captive-born male that presented with a 9- by 7-cm inguinal mass. Seven months after surgical excision of the inguinal mass, the zebra presented with a similar lesion in the right upper eyelid that has relapsed repeatedly and has not responded to treatment including local cisplatin injections and cryosurgery. Zebra 2 (of undetermined taxon) was housed at a private wild animal farm. The zebra presented with a single, raised, 2.5- by 2.0- by 2.0-cm, ulcerated mass on the nose, and surgical excision was curative. Histologically, the three masses consisted of a dermal, compact, nonencapsulated, poorly demarcated neoplasm composed of well-differentiated spindle cells arranged in streams and whorls and accompanied by moderate epidermal hyperplasia with long rete pegs. On the basis of the morphologic resemblance to the unique equine cutaneous neoplasm, sarcoid was diagnosed. ...
House Finch: This medium-sized finch has brown-streaked back and wings, and brown-streaked white underparts. The head, throat and rump are typically pink-red; yellow to orange variants may occur. The tail is long and weakly notched. The female is brown-streaked overall. The bill is short and slightly decurved. Feeds mostly on seeds; takes some insects and fruits. It has a swift bounding flight.
Panacur 25 has proved safe for my finches now for many years, at 6 mls/ kg of feed, but it must be accurately measured and mixed, as higher doses can be toxic. As it is not absorbed from the birds gut, it apparently does not build up in the system, and thus longer treatment should not increase the toxic risk to the bird.. When I am mixing, I first shake the Panacur container well immediately before measuring out, then withdraw amounts of up to 20ml with a syringe, or similar, and with larger quantities I pour it into a measuring glass.. To minimise the possibility of rejection by the birds, it is important to medicate the same seed mix that the birds are used to, and all seed grain offered to birds during the program must be medicated. When I am not medicating, I normally feed a finch mix in a selffeeder and one dish, with straight red panic in a second dish. When treating, I close the self-feeder, replace regular feed dishes, and feed one medicated mixture of 1/2 finch mix and 1/2 red panic, ...
The painted finch is a small passerine that is 10-12 cm in length and weighs around 11.5 g. Male painted finches have a red forehead and face that stand out in contrast to the black breast of individuals. A bright red patch in the middle of the breast is present, while the sides of the breast, belly and flanks are black with white spots. The tail and upper body and upper wing are a reddish-brown colour. The rump and uppertail coverts are also mostly red and highly conspicuous when the birds is in flight. Painted finches have a long, slender and pointed bill which in the male the upper mandible is mostly black with a red tip and the lower mandible is mostly red with light blue-grey patches on either side of the base. The Iris of males is a cream or off-white colour and the legs of males vary between a dark brown to pinkish colour.[11][12] Females look similar to males, although the red colouration on the face is duller and is restricted to the lores, cheeks and around the eyes. The red patch ...
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BACKGROUND: Animal migration requires adaptations in morphological, physiological and behavioural traits. Several of these traits have been shown to possess a strong heritable component in birds, but little is known about their genetic architecture. Here we used 454 sequencing of brain-derived transcriptomes from two differentially migrating subspecies of the willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus to detect genes potentially underlying traits associated with migration.. RESULTS: The transcriptome sequencing resulted in 1.8 million reads following filtering steps. Most of the reads (84%) were successfully mapped to the genome of the zebra finch Taeniopygia gutatta. The mapped reads were situated within at least 12,101 predicted zebra finch genes, with the greatest sequencing depth in exons. Reads that were mapped to intergenic regions were generally located close to predicted genes and possibly located in uncharacterized untranslated regions (UTRs). Out of 85,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms ...
With its twittering and wheezing song, and flash of yellow and green as it flies, greenfinches are truly colourful characters. Find out more
A study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that zebra finches can pick up on the features in human language that express emphasis and emotion.
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Functions as actin-binding component of the Arp2/3 complex which is involved in regulation of actin polymerization and together with an activating nucleation-promoting factor (NPF) mediates the formation of branched actin networks. Seems to contact the mother actin filament.
According to a study investigating the song differences between white-rumped Munias and its domesticated counterpart (Bengalese finch), the wild munias use a highly stereotyped song, whereas the domesticated ones sing a highly unconstrained song. Considering that song syntactical complexity is subject to female preference in the Bengalese finch, it is likely that maternal resource allocation strategies play a role in song evolution.[38] In the field of bird vocalization, brains capable of producing only an innate song have very simple neural pathways: the primary forebrain motor center, called the robust nucleus of arcopallium (RA), connects to midbrain vocal outputs which in turn project to brainstem motor nuclei. By contrast, in brains capable of learning songs, the RA receives input from numerous additional forebrain regions, including those involved in learning and social experience. Control over song generation has become less constrained, more distributed, and more flexible. When compared ...
This species account is dedicated in honor of Scott Edwards, member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithologys Administrative Board.. One of the most common and numerous birds throughout much of the contiguous United States, southern Canada, and Mexico, the House Finch is a bird of remarkable records. From a few California individuals released from a pet store in New York City in 1939, and through natural expansion of its western range, in just a few decades this species came to occupy one of the widest ecological ranges of any extant bird. Originally a bird of hot deserts and dry open habitats of the southwest, it now occurs in nearly all types of landscapes and climates in North America, from edges of northern taiga to ocean coasts to metropolitan areas.. Such dramatic expansion of ecological range has been associated with striking phenotypic diversification in morphology and physiology, enabling the persistence of this species under diverse ecological conditions. In 1994, the explosive growth of ...
Biodude: you said just like a finch species gradually becomes a new species when its genetic program of development is sufficiently changed by meiosis, mutation, genetic conversion, sexual reproduction, etc., i.e., all that stuff you were suppose to be listening to while you were looking out the window Yes I did daydream some but I did hear in school all about the different species of Darwins finches. Ive learned more since then. Species definition- taxonomic group whose members can interbreed. I believe finches are still finches no matter how many adaptations and mutations there are. I think you should use the example of different dog species- poodles, german shepherds, greyhounds etc. They might not even interbreed and they definitely look completely different from one another.. devobrun: Thank you and well said. The facts are the same for all to look at but the interpretations and theories are different. I believe in an eternal God and others believe in eternal matter. Here is something I ...
Two men from Redcar have been jailed for four months after admitting their part in hammering a nail into a dogs head before burying him alive, in a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.. Owner Michael Alan Heathcock of Ontario Crescent and his friend Richard Mark Anthony Finch of Geneva Drive appeared before Teesside Magistrates Court on March 1st 2017.. RSPCA inspector Nick Jones said: A couple out walking discovered terrier Scamp in Kirkleatham Woods around midday on Wednesday 19 October 2016, after hearing a whimpering sound and going to explore a mound of earth.. They got some local workmen to dig him out with a shovel, and, if that wasnt horrific enough, Scamp had a nail sticking out from between his eyes.. They called the police before rushing Scamp to a nearby vets who were left with no choice but to put him to sleep. Thats when we were notified.. The RSPCA appealed for information in the media and two days later, on Friday 21 October 2016, Heathcock and Finch attended a police ...
I have had two Gouldians died within a month. I dont know what to do. I am treating all 11 left with ivermectin. I have tried Scatt and s76 but nothing has worked so Friday I bought ivermectin at a feed store. I started treatment Monday. I dont see any scratching like before. I found three the next day sleeping during the day. When this happens I know they are sick. So I started the three on antibiotics. They respond the first day but then they dont. I just gave the three each a dropper of the dosage of worm away. I have worn away two weeks ago to all of them. Two died a few days later. Now I gave it to the three that are sick. The symptoms I see are the chest is way up front. They want to sleep. I dont know what to do. These are not breeders. They are my pets and each have a name. The are in two large flight cages inside my house. Please let me know what I can do? Thank you. Shadynne. ...
I have had two Gouldians died within a month. I dont know what to do. I am treating all 11 left with ivermectin. I have tried Scatt and s76 but nothing has worked so Friday I bought ivermectin at a feed store. I started treatment Monday. I dont see any scratching like before. I found three the next day sleeping during the day. When this happens I know they are sick. So I started the three on antibiotics. They respond the first day but then they dont. I just gave the three each a dropper of the dosage of worm away. I have worn away two weeks ago to all of them. Two died a few days later. Now I gave it to the three that are sick. The symptoms I see are the chest is way up front. They want to sleep. I dont know what to do. These are not breeders. They are my pets and each have a name. The are in two large flight cages inside my house. Please let me know what I can do? Thank you. Shadynne. ...
In April 2012, a 12-year-old boy was arrested after a principal and a teacher found a loaded gun in his knapsack at school. He was a grade-seven student at Oakdale Park Middle School. Some major news outlets reported that the school was located in the Jane-Finch area - an intersection in the north-west sector of Toronto, Canadas most populated city - despite the fact the school is actually closer to the intersection of Jane Street and Sheppard Avenue. This generalization of crime in the Jane-Finch corridor has earned the neighbourhood an unsavoury reputation. Many area residents say that the stigma of Jane and Finch being a crime-riddled community is unwarranted, and that the media only perpetuates this image. In 2005, The United Way Toronto and Toronto city council identified 13 priority areas, which are locations with high poverty and social needs. However, a research report appears to confirm that Jane and Finch, along with other priority neighbourhoods, are unfairly represented in the ...
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TY - JOUR. T1 - Small molecule analysis and imaging of fatty acids in the zebra finch song system using time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry. AU - Amaya, Kensey R.. AU - Sweedler, Jonathan V.. AU - Clayton, David F.. PY - 2011/8/1. Y1 - 2011/8/1. N2 - Fatty acids are central to brain metabolism and signaling, but their distributions within complex brain circuits have been difficult to study. Here we applied an emerging technique, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), to image specific fatty acids in a favorable model system for chemical analyses of brain circuits, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). The zebra finch, a songbird, produces complex learned vocalizations under the control of an interconnected set of discrete, dedicated brain nuclei song nuclei. Using ToF-SIMS, the major song nuclei were visualized by virtue of differences in their content of essential and non-essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) ...
Darwins finches, inhabiting the Galapagos archipelago and Cocos Island, constitute an iconic model for studies of speciation and adaptive evolution. Here we report the results of whole-genome re-sequencing of 120 individuals representing all of the Darwins finch species and two close relatives Phylogenetic analysis reveals important discrepancies with the phenotype-based taxonomy. We find extensive evidence for interspecific gene flow throughout the radiation. Hybridization has given rise to species of mixed ancestry. A 240 kilobase haplotype encompassing the ALX1 gene that encodes a transcription factor affecting craniofacial. development is strongly associated with beak shape diversity across Darwins finch species as well as within the medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis) a species that has undergone rapid evolution of beak shape in response to environmental changes. The ALX1 haplotype has contributed to diversification of beak shapes among the Darwins finches and thereby, to an expanded ...
The recent emergence of the poultry bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) in free-living house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus), which causes mycoplasmal conjunctivitis in this passerine bird species, resulted in a rapid co-evolutionary arms-race between MG and its novel avian host. Despite extensive research on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of this host-pathogen system over the past two decades, the immunological responses of house finches to MG infection remain poorly understood. We developed seven new probe-based one-step RT-qPCR assays to investigate mRNA expression of house finch cytokine genes (IL1B, IL6, IL10, IL18, TGFB2, TNFSF15 and CXCLi2, syn. IL8L). These assays were then used to describe cytokine transcription profiles in a panel of 15 house finch tissues collected at three distinct time points during MG infection. Based on initial screening that indicated strong pro-inflammatory cytokine expression during MG infection at the periorbital sites in particular, we selected
The effect of fenitrothion exposure on birds was examined by measuring aerobic metabolism, blood hemoglobin content, plasma cholinesterases, and body weight for up to 21 d postdose. Peak metabolic rate was measured in a flight chamber in three-dose groups of house sparrows (Passer domesticus; 100 mg/kg = high, 60 mg/kg = medium, 30 mg/kg = low) and one-dose groups of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata; 3 mg/kg) and king quails (Coturnix chinensis; 26 mg/kg). Aerobic metabolism was measured during 1 h of exposure to subfreezing thermal conditions in low-dose house sparrows and king quails (26 mg/kg). Fenitrothion had no effect on metabolic rate during cold exposure or on blood hemoglobin at any time. By contrast, aerobic performance during exercise in sparrows was reduced by 58% (high), 18% (medium), and 20% (low), respectively, 2 d postdose. House sparrows (high) had the longest recovery period for peak metabolic rate (21 d) and plasma cholinesterase activity (14 d). House sparrows (high) and treated
Abstract: Many fields of science-including behavioral ecology-currently experience a heated debate about the extent to which publication bias against null findings results in a misrepresentative scientific literature. Here, we show a case of an extreme mismatch between strong positive support for an effect in the literature and a failure to detect this effect across multiple attempts at replication. For decades, researchers working with birds have individually marked their study species with colored leg bands. For the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata, a model organism in behavioral ecology, many studies over the past 35 years have reported effects of bands of certain colors on male or female attractiveness and further on behavior, physiology, life history, and fitness. Only eight of 39 publications presented exclusively null findings. Here, we analyze the results of eight experiments in which we quantified the fitness of a total of 730 color‐banded individuals from four captive populations (two ...
With the advent of next generation sequencing, new avenues have opened to study genomics in wild populations of non-model species. Here, we describe a successful approach to a genome-wide medium density Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) panel in a non-model species, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus), through the development of a 10 K Illumina iSelect HD BeadChip. Genomic DNA and cDNA derived from six individuals were sequenced on a 454 GS FLX system and generated a total of 1.2 million sequences, in which SNPs were detected. As no reference genome exists for the house sparrow, we used the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) reference genome to determine the most likely position of each SNP. The 10 000 SNPs on the SNP-chip were selected to be distributed evenly across 31 chromosomes, giving on average one SNP per 100 000 bp. The SNP-chip was screened across 1968 individual house sparrows from four island populations. Of the original 10 000 SNPs, 7413 were found to be variable, and 99% of ...
paramount importance to cancer treatment. One can argue that metastatic cancer cells are analogous to Darwins finches: they face a new and unknown environment with unique selection pressures and must adapt to survive. Different populations will have an array of beak and wing sizes, and may not resemble their forebears as closely as once thought.. We see evidence of this in patients. For example, a study by Gerlinger and colleagues found that if a biopsy is taken from a kidney cancer and compared with an area of spread in the lung, genetic diversity akin to that of Darwins finches can be seen. Some of the changes in DNA at distant sites will not be present in the primary tumour, suggesting that cancer cells diversify and adapt to the local environment.. Therefore if we rely upon a single biopsy, we attempt to characterise the varied ecosystem of the Galapagos by watching a single bird through a pair of grubby binoculars. This approach is woefully inadequate, and we must therefore ask, ...
Low pathogenicity avian influenza A(H7N9) virus has been detected in poultry since 2013, and the virus has caused >450 infections in humans. The mode of subtype H7N9 virus transmission between avian species remains largely unknown, but various wild birds have been implicated as a source of transmission. H7N9 virus was recently detected in a wild sparrow in Shanghai, China, and passerine birds, such as finches, which share space and resources with wild migratory birds, poultry, and humans, can be productively infected with the virus. We demonstrate that interspecies transmission of H7N9 virus occurs readily between society finches and bobwhite quail but only sporadically between finches and chickens. Inoculated finches are better able to infect naive poultry than the reverse. Transmission occurs through shared water but not through the airborne route. It is therefore conceivable that passerine birds may serve as vectors for dissemination of H7N9 virus to domestic poultry.
I live in Indianapolis and learned of this eye disease last summer after much research from discovering a finch that pretty much camped out at my feeder. I am a nature photographer and realized after being able to get very close to take photos the finchs eyes were completely crusted over. The last two days I have a female finch whose eyes are in the beginning stages…very red and swollen. I also have what Im sure is a baby Cowbird that is obviously diseased in some way though I thought it was only Finches susceptible to this eye disease. I could actually reach out and touch the Cowbird if I wanted and he always has food stuck all over his face and doesnt appear to swallow though his head is always in a feeder. He rubs and shakes his head but the food hangs from his beak and all over his face. I have a Coopers Hawk that knows my yard is perfect hunting grounds as I have 8 feeders always filled. Thought sure the Hawk would have gotten him by now and it would almost be better for him as it is ...
The Beak of the Finch tells the story of two Princeton University scientists - evolutionary biologists - engaged in an extraordinary investigation. They are watching, and recording, evolution as it is occurring - now - among the very species of Galapagos finches that inspired Darwins early musings on the origin of species. They are studying the evolutionary process not through the cryptic medium of fossils but in real time, in the wild, in the flesh. The finches that Darwin took from Galapagos at the time of his voyage on the Beagle led to his first veiled hints about his revolutionary theory. But Darwin himself never saw evolution as Peter and Rosemary Grant have been seeing it - in the act of happening. For more than twenty years they have been monitoring generation after generation of finches on the island of Daphne Major - measuring, weighing, observing, tracking, analyzing on computers their struggle for existence. We see the Grants at work on the island among the thousands of living, nesting,
Perches are another necessity in keeping healthy finches. There must be a variety of perches with different shapes and textures in the cage since they spend most of their time on them. There are several types of perches available to finches. Manzanita branches are a common form of a perch used by most owners. It provides a natural look in the cage and it comes in a variety of sizes and structures. A manicure perch is often utilized for its perfect diameter size and for its ability to trim nails with ease. Soft rope perches are another type preventing callused feet. Try to stay away from sandpaper perches because they may often cause pressure build-up and sores on their feet. Provide as many different types of perches as possible to keep the finch happy and healthy. Place them away from food or water dishes to avoid contamination and sickness from any fecal matter. The more variety of perches in the cage the healthier the finch will be ...
Merged entity includes a diverse pipeline of Full-Spectrum Microbiota™ and Rationally-Selected Microbiota™ products, an innovative discovery platform, large-scale manufacturing capabilities and a broad IP portfolio. SOMERVILLE and CAMBRIDGE, MA-October 23, 2017-Finch Therapeutics, a privately held microbiome engineering company and Crestovo, a privately held, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today the successful completion of a merger, creating a leading, fully integrated microbiome company. The new entity, Finch Therapeutics Group, combines Crestovos extensive IP assets and late-stage candidate for recurrent C. difficile infections, CP101, an oral Full-Spectrum Microbiota™ product, with Finchs commercial-scale manufacturing capabilities, discovery platform for developing Rationally-Selected Microbiota™ and significant product pipeline. The new company is headquartered in Somerville and led by Chief Executive Officer Mark Smith, Ph.D., previously Finchs President ...
The most characteristic feature of Darwins finches is the diversification of beak morphology that has allowed these species to expand their utilization of food resources in the Galápagos archipelago. A team of scientists ...
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True monogomy is atypical among animal species. The zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata, is an exception, renown for forming life-long monogamous relationships. We explored the extent of monogamy in a captive population of breeding zebra finches by determining the rate of extra-pair fertilizations (EPFs). Six pairs of finches were placed in a large flight cage and daily observations established pair-bond formation, nest building, and incubation behaviors. Zebra finches provide biparental care, and our observations revealed five established male-female pairs and one group of three (two males and a female). Both males and females vigorously guard and defend the nest, but males also engage in mate-guarding, protecting his female from the attentions of nearby males. If no EPFs occur, all eggs within a given nest should be those belonging to a specific, identifiable, pair of birds. EPFs are detected when the expected female is the mother but a different male is revealed as the father. Egg dumping is a ...
Specialized neural pathways, the song system, are required for acquiring, producing, and perceiving learned avian vocalizations. Birds that do not learn to produce their vocalizations lack telencephalic song system components. It is not known whether
Circulating androgens in adult reproductively active male vertebrates influence a diversity of organ systems and thus are considered costly. Recently, we obtained evidence that androgen receptors (AR) are expressed in several skeletal muscles of three passeriform birds, the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus), zebra finch (Taenopygia guttata), and ochre-bellied flycatcher (Mionectes oleagieus). Because skeletal muscles that control wing movement make up the bulk of a birds body mass, evidence for widespread effects of androgen action on these muscles would greatly expand the functional impact of androgens beyond their well-characterized effects on relatively discrete targets throughout the avian body. To investigate this issue, we use quantitative PCR (qPCR) to determine if androgens alter gene mRNA expression patterns in wing musculature of wild golden-collared manakins and captive zebra finches. In manakins, the androgen testosterone (T) up-regulated expression of parvalbumin (PV) and
Princeton ecologists Peter and Rosemary Grant led a team of researchers to discover how genetics and hybridization affected the beak shape of finches on the Galápagos Islands.
The song system of birds has been used extensively as a model system for studying basic mechanisms of neuronal plasticity and development underlying a learned behavior. Discrete sets of interconnected nuclei in the avian brain have evolved and are a prerequisite for song learning processes and the production of song. Zebra finch males, like many other song birds, learn their song by memorizing a tutor song model early in life and then gradually matching their vocal output by auditory feedback to the stored memory of that tutor song. In parallel to these behavioural changes, various changes in neuronal structures of song system nuclei take place. These structural correlates of song learning processes have been investigated in great detail in the current research by raising zebra finches with and without a song tutor model and then studying the consequences for song and for neuronal structure in the song system by using a variety of techniques including Golgi-technique, electron microscopy, ...
The book tells me that this creates specialist species, which result from generalist species. The books example of this is the variety of honeycreepers. However, where is the fossil of the common ancestor? Also, one example by which evolution is founded are the finches on Galapagos island. Assuming they have been there for quite some millions of years, or several hundred thousand, why has a common ancestor fossil not been found on Galapagos island? Also, according to the book, the genetic information has to be previously present. All the genetic information for each finchs dietary preference, color, type of beak, etc must all be in the ancestor. Therefore, the ancestor should be able to lay eggs, each with a different type of finch because all of the genetic information is present in the ancestor and each type of finch is simply a genetic trait that determines the different finch in each egg based on dominant or recessive traits. Otherwise, how can one finch, without the traits for different ...
The book tells me that this creates specialist species, which result from generalist species. The books example of this is the variety of honeycreepers. However, where is the fossil of the common ancestor? Also, one example by which evolution is founded are the finches on Galapagos island. Assuming they have been there for quite some millions of years, or several hundred thousand, why has a common ancestor fossil not been found on Galapagos island? Also, according to the book, the genetic information has to be previously present. All the genetic information for each finchs dietary preference, color, type of beak, etc must all be in the ancestor. Therefore, the ancestor should be able to lay eggs, each with a different type of finch because all of the genetic information is present in the ancestor and each type of finch is simply a genetic trait that determines the different finch in each egg based on dominant or recessive traits. Otherwise, how can one finch, without the traits for different ...
A synergistic combination of two next-generation sequencing platforms with a detailed comparative BAC physical contig map provided a cost-effective assembly of the genome sequence of the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). Heterozygosity of the sequenced source genome allowed discovery of more than 600,000 high quality single nucleotide variants. Despite this heterozygosity, the current genome assembly (,1.1 Gb) includes 917 Mb of sequence assigned to specific turkey chromosomes. Annotation identified nearly 16,000 genes, with 15,093 recognized as protein coding and 611 as non-coding RNA genes. Comparative analysis of the turkey, chicken, and zebra finch genomes, and comparing avian to mammalian species, supports the characteristic stability of avian genomes and identifies genes unique to the avian lineage. Clear differences are seen in number and variety of genes of the avian immune system where expansions and novel genes are less frequent than examples of gene loss. The turkey genome ...
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On the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwins observations led to his evolutionary theory, scientists are now reporting that theyre witnessing a single species splitting into two, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.. A husband and wife team, Peter and Rosemary Grant of Princeton University, have spent the past 36 years studying Darwins finches, technically know as tanagers. Darwins observations of the birds during his voyage to the Galapagos on the HMS Beagle helped him arrive at the idea of evolutionary divergence: when different populations of a single species become geographically isolated, and evolve in different directions. The Grants have pushed that work further, with decades of painstaking observations providing a real-time record of evolution in action. In the PNAS paper, they describe something Darwin could only have dreamed of watching: the birth of a new species [Wired.com]. The process has been taking place with the help of a little ...
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All of the above statements can be accepted, however, without embracing the idea that the network perspective is needed for experimental research in evolution. A case can be made that a sufficient understanding of the genetic basis of adaptive evolutionary changes emerges from classic quantitative trait locus and molecular single gene-based experimental perspectives and that neither the concept of networks nor detailed knowledge of particular networks is needed for actual progress. This position is seemingly bolstered by recent success in understanding the genetic foundations of several adaptive traits, work that has underlined the key importance of a small number of specific genes. These cases involve finch beak dimensions in Darwins finches, characteristics related directly to specific feeding adaptations (41, 42); the adaptive evolution of bat wings for flight (43, 44); and the adaptive loss of pelvic armature in freshwater sticklebacks (45, 46).. The adaptive radiation of Darwins finches, ...
In the canary and zebra finch, neuron addition is highest at times when song learning occurs. Yet even when song is stereotyped, new neurons continue to be added. There is evidence that song maintenance requires motor flexibility and we propose that neurogenesis provides the necessary plasticity both for song learning and maintenance. In the zebra finch, a species that normally does not learn new songs in adulthood, there is a progressive decrease in neuron addition that is not accompanied by a decrease in total neuron number (below). This suggests that with age, vocal control regions become more stable. In turn, we hypothesize that this stability is related to ever increasing stability of song motor programs. Interestingly, in age-matched birds, song stability is greater in birds that sing at high rates, suggesting that practice makes perfect. We are now testing whether practice influences neuron addition.. ...
House finches avoid sick members of their own species, say scientists, in a finding that could be useful for tracking the spread of diseases like bird flu that also affects humans. Laboratory tests showed that the house finch, a particularly social North American species (Carpodacus mexicanus), was able to tell the difference between sick and healthy fellow birds and tended to avoid those that were unwell. This was the first time that avoidance of sick individuals, already observed in lobsters and bullfrog tadpoles, has been shown in birds | this curious life
However, subsequent field and laboratory investigations into the genetic and developmental control of such variable traits have shown the multiple allele/continuous variation model upon which the modern synthesis was based is, in fact, not the way most traits apparently evolve. For example, consider a mutation that causes an increase in size of a particular anatomical feature (e.g. a finchs beak). Most such features are regulated by a set of genes that are themselves regulated by a homeotic gene (or a few such homeotic genes; in the case of Darwins finches, the controlling homeotic gene is called bmp4, for bone morphology protein 4) [1]. Homeotic genes, like many but not all genes, do not produce a purely monotonic trait (i.e a trait with no variation). Instead, they produce a trait that varies somewhat between individuals, in what approximates a normal distribution. In the case of finch beaks, this means that in any population of finches, there are some individuals with small beaks, some ...
Last fall the Loom was awash in tattoos from scientists. Since then, Ive moved them over to my Science Tattoo Emporium. If you havent checked it out recently, let me invite you over. Incredibly, someone sends me a new science tattoo just about every day. I post them as fast as I can, but Ive still got a backlog. And most of them are astonishingly cool-both beautiful and enlightening. I particularly like todays post, todays post, an homage to Darwins finches. Plenty more where that came from.. ...
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus), Lights Upon Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) The Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus, pictured above), with its raspberry-stained plumage and sweet, warbling song, is an occasional guest at my bird feeders during the winter months. With color scarce at this time of year, I am grateful for the brilliant-colored beauty and musical backdrop provided by this lovely, native bird.. The plummy-red hued, male Purple Finches are easy to spot at feeders and if you are hoping to attract them, its helpful to know that they are especially fond of black oil sunflower seeds! The female Purple Finch is mostly brown and white, with a streaky underbelly and white brow. In winter, small flocks also visit my flower beds, feasting upon seeds from perennial plants and ornamental grasses. In the landscape beyond, I sometimes spot them in the lower meadow, where they hunker down to feed within weedy wildflower remnants (learn more about this beautiful species at Cornell Lab of ...
Two subspecies of zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata castanotis and T. g. guttata are native to Australia and the Lesser Sunda Islands, respectively. The Australian subspecies has been domesticated and is now an important model system for research. Both the Lesser Sundan subspecies and domesticated Australian zebra finches have undergone population bottlenecks in their history, and previous analyses using neutral markers have reported reduced neutral genetic diversity in these populations. Here we characterize patterns of variation in the third exon of the highly variable major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I α chain. As a benchmark for neutral divergence, we also report the first mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase 2 (ND2) sequences in this important model system. Despite natural and human-mediated population bottlenecks, we find that high MHC class I polymorphism persists across all populations. As expected, we find higher levels of nucleotide diversity in the MHC locus relative to neutral loci,
Adolescent social interactions can have long-term effects on physiological responses to stressors in later-life. A larger adolescent group size can result in higher stressor-induced secretion of glucocorticoids in adulthood. The effect may be due to a socially-mediated modulation of gonadal hormones, e.g. testosterone. However, group size (number of animals) has been conflated with social density (space per animal). Therefore it is hard to determine the mechanisms through which adolescent group size can affect the stress response. The current study aimed to tease apart the effects of group size and social density during adolescence on the physiological stress response and gonadal hormone levels in adulthood. Adolescent zebra finches were housed in groups varying in size (2 vs. 5 birds per cage) and density (0.03m3 vs. 0.06m3 per bird) during early adolescence (day 40-60). Density was only manipulated in birds raised in groups of five. Glucocorticoid concentration secreted in response to a ...
The Bengalese (or Society) Finch originates from China and has been bred selectively for over 300 years, making it arguably the most ancient domestic breed in the world (i.e. a species that does not exist in this form in the wild). The Bengalese Finch is a descendant of the Lonchura striata, the White-rumped Munia (or White-rumped Mannikin), sometimes also called the Striated Finch, of which several sub-species exist. It is thought that this domestic species is a hybrid descendant of the Lonchura striata subsquamicollis, Lonchura striata swinhoei and perhaps also the Lonchura striata acuticauda. The wild breed frequents open woodland, grassland and scrub, but is also often found close to human settlements. In areas with rice paddies, rice seeds are its main source of food. ...
As Ray interviews evolutionary scientists, including well-known atheist PZ Myers, he asks a question that is something on the order of: Is there scientific evidence observable evidence to support evolution? Well, none of them could provide anything remotely scientific. Oh, they give the usual examples about changes in bacteria, different species of fish (like stickleback fish), and, as to be expected, Darwin s finches. But as Ray points out over and over again in Evolution vs. God, the bacteria are still bacteria, the fish are still fish, and the finches are still finches! AiG has many web articles showing clearly that such changes are really the opposite of molecules-to-man evolution ...
Development of a Bioaerosol single particle detector (BIO IN) for the Fast Ice Nucleus CHamber FINCH U. Bundke1, B. Reimann1, B. Nillius1, R. Jaenicke2, and H.
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Significant trial-by-trial variation persists even in the most practiced skills. One prevalent view is that such variation is simply noise that the nervous system is unable to control or that remains below threshold for behavioural relevance. An alternative hypothesis is that such variation enables trial-and-error learning, in which the motor system generates variation and differentially retains behaviours that give rise to better outcomes. Here we test the latter possibility for adult bengalese finch song. Adult birdsong is a complex, learned motor skill that is produced in a highly stereotyped fashion from one rendition to the next. Nevertheless, there is subtle trial-by-trial variation even in stable, crystallized adult song. We used a computerized system to monitor small natural variations in the pitch of targeted song elements and deliver real-time auditory disruption to a subset of those variations. Birds rapidly shifted the pitch of their vocalizations in an adaptive fashion to avoid ...
Recent studies of the onset of breeding in long-day photoperiodic breeders have focused on the roles of type 2 and 3 iodothyronine deiodinases (DIO2 and DIO3) in the conversion of thyroxine (T4) to triiodothyronine (T3) and subsequent activation of the reproductive axis. It has been hypothesized that an increase in DIO2 and reciprocal decrease in DIO3 causes the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus, setting off a reproductive cascade, and that this DIO mechanism for GnRH release is conserved across vertebrate taxa. We sought to test whether social cues that are known to stimulate reproductive behaviors can activate the DIO system to initiate reproduction in a non-photoperiodic bird, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Isolation of males and subsequent presentation of females did not increase DIO2 or GnRH expression in the hypothalamus, nor did it decrease gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) or DIO3. Males receiving a female stimulus showed significantly ...
Distinct strategies associated with colour morphs can have effects on population dynamics, and on the partitioning and population structure of genetic variation. Antagonistic interactions and hybrid incompatibilities between morphs could have negative consequences for population fitness, and its effects may be magnified in a small population. Therefore, covariation between colour and sexual, behavioural and physiological traits may be relevant to conservation management. The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae) has two sympatric head colour morphs, and with a history of population declines this species is a flagship for conservation in Northern Australia. Captive studies have shown that the sympatric colour morphs correspond to different behavioural strategies, and interbreeding between morphs leads significant offspring mortality. This selection on head colour polymorphism may be a detriment to recovery of Gouldian finch populations, and could lead to genetic substructuring with respect to ...
I built 6 bird houses over the Winter which my Daughter painted/decorated. At first the little birdies seemed not to appreciate our efforts. Thnigs are improving of late. Have two different wren couples in the bird houses in the front lawn. One set have laid their eggs and we may even have hatchlings now judging by the racket coming from that birdbox. The other couple are singing up a storm and building their nest. We purposely made the bird houses with small holes 7/8 (wrens) up to 1 1/8 - 1 1/4 (finches and chickadees). Finches, upon reading up on their mating habits, do not get busy until June, so I anticipate the other bird boxes to be occupied in the coming weeks. In order to attract the finches, (Common, Purple, and Golden) I have bought a 50 pound bag of Nyjer seed. Gawd awfully expensive, Amazon sells for $85 for 50lbs. We usually feed the birds with Oiled Sunflower and Millet mix from Costco at like $16 per 40 lbs bag, which is a bargain at $0.40 per lbs and great for Winter feeding ...
Reference quality genomes provide a resource for studying gene structure, function, and evolution. However, often genes of interest are not completely or accurately assembled, leading to unknown errors in analyses or additional cloning efforts for the correct sequences. A promising solution is long-read sequencing. Here we tested PacBio-based long-read sequencing and diploid assembly for potential improvements to the Sanger-based intermediate-read zebra finch reference and Illumina-based short-read Annas hummingbird reference, two vocal learning avian species widely studied in neuroscience and genomics. With DNA of the same individuals used to generate the reference genomes, we generated diploid assemblies with the FALCON-Unzip assembler, resulting in contigs with no gaps in the megabase range, representing 150-fold and 200-fold improvements over the current zebra finch and hummingbird references, respectively. These long-read and phased assemblies corrected and resolved what we discovered to be
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