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2008-11-13 12:55:00

A new study shows that songbirds learn to sing from a hymn sheet in their head. Researchers found a region of the Zebra Finch brain had what they believe to be an internal recording of how the birds ought to be singing. The Swiss research team wrote in the journal Nature that a separate region of the brain seems to enable birds to identify mistakes in their songs. According to scientists from Zurich University this research could shed light on how humans learn to speak. The electrical...

2008-07-18 12:01:14

By Lee Howard, The Day, New London, Conn. Jul. 17--Old Lyme -- A half century of local ownership ended last week at the Old Lyme Pharmacy as the 9,600-square-foot store on Halls Road joined the Rite Aid chain. Bob Finch, who had owned the pharmacy for about 23 years, said the ownership officially changed hands July 10. Finch bought the store from Rod Woodstock, the original owner, in 1985. The pharmacy, at The Shopping Center-Old Lyme, dates back to the late 1950s. "I just came to...

2008-05-03 15:08:28

Baby birds are like baby humans on at least one score: they both babble. But as songbirds grow up, they make the switch from babbling to singing by flipping to a different brain circuit, new research finds, suggesting a new view of human infant behavior. We should toss out the idea that babbling is an undeveloped adult behavior, said study leader Dmitriy Aronov of MIT. "Maybe we should think of these behaviors as being the presence of exploration ... of creativity," he told...

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2006-07-13 13:55:00

WASHINGTON -- Finches on the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution are now helping confirm it - by evolving. A medium sized species of Darwin's finch has evolved a smaller beak to take advantage of different seeds just two decades after the arrival of a larger rival for its original food source. The altered beak size shows that species competing for food can undergo evolutionary change, said Peter Grant of Princeton University, lead author of the...

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2005-02-08 07:35:41

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists. Experts had suspected the red-capped finches were dying of salmonellosis, but preliminary cultures did not confirm the presence of the bacteria. Kimberlee Beckman, a wildlife veterinarian with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, sent tissues from dead redpolls to the state public health lab last week. She received the results Friday. She also sent...


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2008-08-13 17:14:13

The European Serin (Serinus serinus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It breeds across southern and central Europe and north Africa. Southern and Atlantic coast populations are largely resident, but the northern breeders migrate further south in Europe for the winter. Open woodland and cultivation, often with some conifers, is favored for breeding. The European Serin is a small short-tailed bird, 4.33 to 4.75 inches in length. The upper parts are dark-streaked...

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2008-08-13 16:51:15

The Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus), also commonly called "pine chirper", is a small finch that is found across Canada, Alaska and the western mountains and northern parts of the United States. Migration by this bird is highly variable, probably related to food supply. Large numbers may move south in some years; hardly any in others. Adults are brown on the upperparts and pale on the underparts, with heavy streaking throughout. They have a short forked tail. They have yellow patches in their...

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2008-08-13 16:46:55

The Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus), also known simply as Siskin in Europe, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. This bird breeds across northern temperate Europe and into Russia. There is a separate population in eastern Asia. It is partially resident, but the northern breeders migrate further south in Europe in the winter. The eastern Asian birds winter in China or further south. In some years there are large eruptions into the wintering range, when the preferred...

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2008-05-16 15:37:57

The Black-And-Yellow Grosbeak (Mycerobas icterioides), is a species of finch in the Fringillidae family. It is found in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Its natural habitat is temperate forests. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2008-05-16 15:36:40

The Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata), is a finch native to East Asia. The bird serves as the inspiration for a video game from Treasure Co. Ltd, called Ikaruga, which takes the bird's black-and-white coloration as inspiration for its primary gameplay mechanic. Photo Copyright and Credit

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