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

Examples of zebra finch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China has approved 54 wild species for commercial breeding and sale, including American red foxes, Australian zebra finches and African ostriches. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "To Prevent Next Coronavirus, Stop the Wildlife Trade, Conservationists Say," 19 Feb. 2020 The findings were consistent with a 2017 study that researched the breeding of wild zebra finches across a range of temperatures. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Birds are shrinking in North America and climate change may be to blame," 5 Dec. 2019 Animals like zebra finches, chinchillas, and macaques can be trained to do this, but until now only humans were shown to do this spontaneously. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Dogs hear words the same way we do," 3 Dec. 2019 Other genes on the zebra finch GRC are comparable to genes that are known from mouse studies to be involved in early embryonic development. Kate Wong, Scientific American, "Solving the Mystery of Songbird Diversity," 1 Nov. 2019 Seals, for instance, may be deafened by the underwater rumble of shipping traffic, while stressful noise levels seem to cut short the life expectancy of zebra finches. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Noise Pollution Impacts a Wide Range of Species, Study Finds," 22 Nov. 2019 This is true for zebra finches, waved albatrosses, tropic birds and juncos, too. Washington Post, "Birds fall in love, and they have the moves to prove it," 12 Nov. 2019 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

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Zebra finch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra%20finch. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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