Seasonal plasticity in the song nuclei of wild rufous-sided towhees.

TitleSeasonal plasticity in the song nuclei of wild rufous-sided towhees.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
JournalBrain research
Volume734
Issue1-2
Pagination79-85
Date Published1996
ISSN0006-8993
Abstract

Seasonal changes in the brain nuclei that control song behavior in songbirds are among the most striking examples of plasticity in the adult vertebrate brain. Although seasonal changes in the size of these brain nuclei have been found in several species in captivity, results on seasonal changes in the song nuclei of wild songbirds have been equivocal. In the present study, I measured plasma testosterone (T) concentrations and the size of song nuclei across seasons in wild male rufous-sided towhees (Pipilo erythrophthalmus). I found seasonal changes in both T concentrations and the size of song nuclei that were as large as or larger than those observed in this species in captivity. These results demonstrate that seasonal plasticity of the song nuclei occur in wild, as well as captive, songbirds.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/0006-8993(96)00613-0
Short TitleBrain Res
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