UC Berkeley researchers find zebra finches have high-capacity auditory memory

Photo of a zebra finch
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Zebra finches have 'mastered' the ability to recognize a source and meaning of a peer’s call, both of which require complex mapping skills, according to UC Berkeley professor Frederic Theunissen.

A study by UC Berkeley researchers discovered that zebra finches can quickly memorize the individual sounds of up to 50 other birds of their kind.
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Study: same-sex and mixed bird couples equally faithful

A recent study published by a UC Berkeley postdoctoral scholar shows that same-sex pairs of one type of monogamous bird have relationships that are just as faithful and strong as those of male-female pairs. Julie Elie, currently a campus postdoctoral scholar, began her research on zebra finches in 2007 at
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