Zebra Finch Begging: Update 1

This week and last were dedicated to setting up the necessary technology for my project and troubleshooting. For my project, I am observing the begging behavior and calling structure of zebra finches when exposed to a mercury or control based sub-lethal treatment. Currently, I have 3 control pairs and 2 mercury treated pairs set up […]

Begging Behavior in Zebra Finches

This summer, I will be studying differences in begging behavior in a model bird species, the zebra finch, to determine if dietary methyl mercury changes behavior. In this experiment, 10 breeding pairs will be fed a diet homogenized with 1.2 ppm of mercury¬†and will be compared to 10 breeding pairs fed a control diet. This […]