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October 19 2012

Zebra finches sing sloppily when drunk


Does beer make you shlur your wordsh? You're not alone: drunk zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) sing songs that are blurrier and more disordered than those of their sober counterparts.

What's more, binge drinking may permanently impair juvenile finches' ability to learn new songs which could have implications for our understanding of the effect of heavy drinking on adolescents.

Having a unique and interesting song is important for zebra finches to mate, and each male develops his own signature tune as he matures, says Christopher Olson of Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

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