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    • From neurons to nests : nest-building behaviour as a model in behavioural and comparative neuroscience 

      Hall, Zachary Jonas; Meddle, Simone L; Healy, Susan Denise (2015-04) - Journal article
      Despite centuries of observing the nest building of most extant bird species, we know surprisingly little about how birds build nests and, specifically, how the avian brain controls nest building. Here, we argue that nest ...
    • Image analysis of weaverbird nests reveals signature weave textures 

      Bailey, Ida Elizabeth; Backes, André; Walsh, Patrick Thomas; Morgan, Kate; Meddle, Simone L; Healy, Susan Denise (2015-06-17) - Journal article
      In nature, many animals build structures that can be readily measured at the scale of their gross morphology (e.g. length, volume and weight). Capturing individuality as can be done with the structures designed and built ...
    • Neural correlates of nesting behavior in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) 

      Hall, Z.J.; Bertin, M.; Bailey, I.E.; Meddle, S.L.; Healy, S.D. (2014-05-01) - Journal article
      Nest building in birds involves a behavioral sequence (nest material collection and deposition in the nest) that offers a unique model for addressing how the brain sequences motor actions. In this study, we identified brain ...
    • The neuroethology and evolution of nest-building behaviour 

      Hall, Zachary J. (University of St Andrews, 2014-12-01) - Thesis
      A surge of recent work elucidating a role for learning and memory in avian nest-building behaviour has challenged the long-standing assumption that nest building develops under genetic control. Whereas that work has been ...
    • Physical cognition : birds learn the structural efficacy of nest material 

      Bailey, Ida Elizabeth; Morgan, Kate; Bertin, Marion; Meddle, Simone L.; Healy, Susan Denise (2014-06) - Journal article
      It is generally assumed that birds’ choice of structurally suitable materials for nest building is genetically predetermined. Here, we tested that assumption by investigating whether experience affected male zebra finches’ ...
    • A role for nonapeptides and dopamine in nest-building behaviour 

      Hall, Zachary Jonas; Healy, Susan Denise; Meddle, Simone (2015-02) - Journal article
      During nest building in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), several regions in the social behaviour network and the dopaminergic reward system, which are two neural circuits involved in social behaviour, appear to be ...
    • Social learning in nest-building birds : a role for familiarity 

      Guillette, Lauren Mary; Scott, Alice C Y; Healy, Susan Denise (2016-03) - Journal article
      It is becoming apparent that birds learn from their own experiences of nest building. What is not clear is whether birds can learn from watching conspecifics build. As social learning allows an animal to gain information ...
    • What can nest-building birds teach us? 

      Breen, Alexis; Guillette, Lauren Mary; Healy, Susan Denise (2016) - Journal article
      For many years nest building in birds has been considered a remarkable behaviour. Perhaps just as remarkable is the public and scholarly consensus that bird nests are achieved by instinct alone. Here we take the opportunity ...