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In Hot Weather, Song Can Change an Unborn Finch

Chicks who hear it grow smaller, choose warmer nests: study

(Newser) - Several types of birds sing to unhatched eggs so their young will recognize their voices once they've hatched—but what the zebra finch does is something else entirely. In a study called "paradigm-shifting" by one of its authors, researchers at Australia's Deakin University say the birds sing... More »

Like People, Drunk Finches Sing Terribly

Alcohol makes birds slur their songs

(Newser) - Not many people count getting zebra finches drunk as their job. But researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University did just that to study how alcohol affects the birds' ability to sing—and to learn more about how it affects the human brain, Smithsonian reports. Birds are a great... More »

Gay Birds Just as Faithful as Straight Pairs

Animal relationships are complicated, too, notes UC researcher

(Newser) - Yes, Virginia, there are gay zebra finches, and they're just as faithful to one another as heterosexual pairs. That's what scientists have discovered observing the little birds preen and sing to each other. "The research showed relationships in animals can be more complicated than just a male... More »

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