zebra finch

noun

: 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

Examples of zebra finch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They’ve also been involved in mapping parts of the brains of the zebra finch (a small bird) and zebrafish larvae. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2024 The researchers couldn’t hear a difference between the males’ songs before and after the break—but female zebra finches definitely could. Olivia Ferrari, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2023 Two songbirds studied, zebra finches and canaries, are domesticated. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Popular Science, 14 Sep. 2023 The results from the zebra finch study tend to reflect similar studies in people. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2015 The team found fewer receptors for mesotocin in key spots of the brain in species that were more territorial (less social) than the zebra finch—and more receptors in species that traveled in flocks. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 In the wild, zebra finches typically live in colonies of between four and twenty birds. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 Genes that are switched on when neurons fire tend to be more active in the left half of a courting zebra finch’s brain than the right half. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 3 Oct. 2012 Just last month, fragments of hepatitis-like viruses were found hiding out in the genes of the zebra finch. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of zebra finch was in 1868

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“Zebra finch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra%20finch. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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