zebra finch


Definition of zebra finch

: a small Australian waxbill (Taeniopygia guttata synonym Poephila guttata) that is chiefly gray above and white below with a red or orange bill, a black-and-white barred tail, and in the male a black-barred throat and that is often kept as a cage bird

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In a second study, the researchers found the same was true for zebra finches. Marlene Cimons, Washington Post, "Hot temperatures made these birds shrink," 21 Apr. 2018 But there are still dozens of birds available for sale, from tiny zebra finches priced at $5.99 to a large 9-year-old Catalina macaw named Copious, who’s priced at $2,000. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido bird shop flying the coop after 40 years," 16 Mar. 2018 The zebra finch nailed it while the Ph.D. student couldn’t even come close! National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016 Researchers there built a system that can track the neural activity in the brain of a zebra finch and predict the song the bird is about to sing. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why the IPO Window for Tech Companies Is Reopening," 12 Oct. 2017

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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