Zebra finch

Definition

The zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) is a small songbird from the perching-bird order (Passeriformes) that is used as a model organism for the study of subjects including song production, evolution, neurobiology, learning and behaviour.

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    The genome of the zebra finch a songbird and a model for studying the vertebrate brain, behaviour and evolution has been sequenced. Comparison with the chicken genome, the only other bird genome available, shows that genes that have neural function and are implicated in the cognitive processing of song have been evolving rapidly in the finch lineage. Moreover, vocal communication engages much of the transcriptome of the zebra finch brain.

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