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Zebra finch brains ‘give lessons in song’

zebra finchesSCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED that zebra finches use two separate parts of their brain to learn song, and that one part teaches the other.

Previously, it was thought that only one circuit in the brain was used for this function. However, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that finch brains uses two parts: the “tutor” and the “student”, and that the tutor instructs the student part of the brain.

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EGM gives Northamptonshire Alliance a chance to modernise

Gerry Northern with his best and second best FifesNORTHAMPTONSHIRE ALLIANCE CBS will continue to flourish following a modernisation of its structure and an overhaul of its committee, officials say.

Following notices in this paper calling for an EGM, which took place earlier this month, a number of fanciers have agreed to hold office to complete the club’s first full committee in more than seven years.

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YCC copyrights the Yorkie on Canary Council advice

Golding-ModelTHE YORKSHIRE CANARY Golding model has been copyrighted by the Yorkshire Canary Club (YCC), and is now effective in approximately 170 countries worldwide.

The decision to copyright the model and the Yorkshire canary name followed OMJ’s shock decision at its technical meeting last September to change the Scale of Points for the Lizard canary, which will apply to all COM shows (see News, December 21/28, 2016).

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Scots fancy breeders bring back 'name the winner' show tradition

Donald Skinner-ReidTHE SCOTS FANCY Specialist Club (SFSC) has resurrected an old show tradition that is documented in a history book on the Scots fancy canary.

The purpose is to reintroduce the following rule: the owner of the best bird of the show season names their bird with a special title. At the club’s March AGM, officials agreed that the winning bird(s) must accumulate three best-in-show wins in one show season to be eligible for a title. This competition will now apply to future SFSC shows.

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Thieves kick their way into South Yorkshire birdroom

R.SFIFE CANARIES IN South Yorkshire have been targeted by thieves, who defied CCTV and extensive birdroom security by smashing their way in through the back of a Barnsley birdroom.

Ten Fifes wearing plastic split-rings and two show cages were stolen after thieves had prised off five tongue-and-groove wooden panels from the back of the birdroom, before kicking through hardwood lining boards to gain access.

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