Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

DOI

Standard

Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches. / Edwards, Sophie C.; Hall, Zachary J.; Ihalainen, Eira; Bishop, Valerie R; Nicklas, Elisa T; Healy, Susan D.; Meddle, Simone L.

In: Integrative and Comparative Biology, Vol. In press, icaa108, 18.07.2020.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Harvard

Edwards, SC, Hall, ZJ, Ihalainen, E, Bishop, VR, Nicklas, ET, Healy, SD & Meddle, SL 2020, 'Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches', Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. In press, icaa108. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icaa108

APA

Edwards, S. C., Hall, Z. J., Ihalainen, E., Bishop, V. R., Nicklas, E. T., Healy, S. D., & Meddle, S. L. (2020). Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches. Integrative and Comparative Biology, In press, [icaa108]. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icaa108

Vancouver

Edwards SC, Hall ZJ, Ihalainen E, Bishop VR, Nicklas ET, Healy SD et al. Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2020 Jul 18;In press. icaa108. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icaa108

Author

Edwards, Sophie C. ; Hall, Zachary J. ; Ihalainen, Eira ; Bishop, Valerie R ; Nicklas, Elisa T ; Healy, Susan D. ; Meddle, Simone L. / Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches. In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. 2020 ; Vol. In press.

Bibtex - Download

@article{20ceaebc4a944107a41143c5d44a5082,
title = "Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches",
abstract = "Nest building consists of a series of motor actions, which are concomitant with activity in regions of the anterior motor pathway, the social behaviour network and the reward circuity in nest building adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). It is not clear, however, whether this activity is due to nest building, collection and/or manipulation of nest material. To identify which areas of the brain are specifically involved, we used immunohistochemistry to quantify the immediate early gene c-fos in male zebra finches that were nest building (Building), birds given a nestbox but could interact only with tied down nest material (Fixed), and birds that were not given a nestbox or nest material (Control). We investigated the following brain regions: the anterior motor pathway (anterior ventral mesopallium (AMV), anterior nidopallium (AN), anterior striatium (ASt)), areas of the social behaviour network (bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, dorsomedial sub division (BSTmd), lateral septum (LS)), the dopaminergic reward circuitry (ventral tegmental area (VTA)) and the cerebellum. We found that there was greater Fos-ir expression in the BSTmd, LS and AMV with increased material deposition; in LS, AMV ASt and folia VI with increased material carrying; in LS, AMV and ASt with increased nest material tucking; and in LS and all folia (except folium VIII) with increased tugging at tied down material. These data confirm a functional role for areas of the anterior motor pathway, social behaviour network and the cerebellum in nest material collection and manipulation by birds",
keywords = "Nest building, Zebra finch, Social behaviour network, c-fos, Anterior motor pathway, Cerebellum",
author = "Edwards, {Sophie C.} and Hall, {Zachary J.} and Eira Ihalainen and Bishop, {Valerie R} and Nicklas, {Elisa T} and Healy, {Susan D.} and Meddle, {Simone L}",
note = "SDH thanks SICB for financial support and the work described here was conducted with the support of EASTBIO DTP from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, to SE), the School of Biology and NSERC (to ZJH), MARIE CURIE (Ares(2016)5869884 to EI), and BBSRC Roslin Institute strategic grant funding (BB/P013759/1, to SLM). EN was supported by the Erasmus Plus student exchange program to SLM.",
year = "2020",
month = jul,
day = "18",
doi = "10.1093/icb/icaa108",
language = "English",
volume = "In press",
journal = "Integrative and Comparative Biology",
issn = "1540-7063",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",

}

RIS (suitable for import to EndNote) - Download

TY - JOUR

T1 - Neural circuits underlying nest building in male zebra finches

AU - Edwards, Sophie C.

AU - Hall, Zachary J.

AU - Ihalainen, Eira

AU - Bishop, Valerie R

AU - Nicklas, Elisa T

AU - Healy, Susan D.

AU - Meddle, Simone L

N1 - SDH thanks SICB for financial support and the work described here was conducted with the support of EASTBIO DTP from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, to SE), the School of Biology and NSERC (to ZJH), MARIE CURIE (Ares(2016)5869884 to EI), and BBSRC Roslin Institute strategic grant funding (BB/P013759/1, to SLM). EN was supported by the Erasmus Plus student exchange program to SLM.

PY - 2020/7/18

Y1 - 2020/7/18

N2 - Nest building consists of a series of motor actions, which are concomitant with activity in regions of the anterior motor pathway, the social behaviour network and the reward circuity in nest building adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). It is not clear, however, whether this activity is due to nest building, collection and/or manipulation of nest material. To identify which areas of the brain are specifically involved, we used immunohistochemistry to quantify the immediate early gene c-fos in male zebra finches that were nest building (Building), birds given a nestbox but could interact only with tied down nest material (Fixed), and birds that were not given a nestbox or nest material (Control). We investigated the following brain regions: the anterior motor pathway (anterior ventral mesopallium (AMV), anterior nidopallium (AN), anterior striatium (ASt)), areas of the social behaviour network (bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, dorsomedial sub division (BSTmd), lateral septum (LS)), the dopaminergic reward circuitry (ventral tegmental area (VTA)) and the cerebellum. We found that there was greater Fos-ir expression in the BSTmd, LS and AMV with increased material deposition; in LS, AMV ASt and folia VI with increased material carrying; in LS, AMV and ASt with increased nest material tucking; and in LS and all folia (except folium VIII) with increased tugging at tied down material. These data confirm a functional role for areas of the anterior motor pathway, social behaviour network and the cerebellum in nest material collection and manipulation by birds

AB - Nest building consists of a series of motor actions, which are concomitant with activity in regions of the anterior motor pathway, the social behaviour network and the reward circuity in nest building adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). It is not clear, however, whether this activity is due to nest building, collection and/or manipulation of nest material. To identify which areas of the brain are specifically involved, we used immunohistochemistry to quantify the immediate early gene c-fos in male zebra finches that were nest building (Building), birds given a nestbox but could interact only with tied down nest material (Fixed), and birds that were not given a nestbox or nest material (Control). We investigated the following brain regions: the anterior motor pathway (anterior ventral mesopallium (AMV), anterior nidopallium (AN), anterior striatium (ASt)), areas of the social behaviour network (bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, dorsomedial sub division (BSTmd), lateral septum (LS)), the dopaminergic reward circuitry (ventral tegmental area (VTA)) and the cerebellum. We found that there was greater Fos-ir expression in the BSTmd, LS and AMV with increased material deposition; in LS, AMV ASt and folia VI with increased material carrying; in LS, AMV and ASt with increased nest material tucking; and in LS and all folia (except folium VIII) with increased tugging at tied down material. These data confirm a functional role for areas of the anterior motor pathway, social behaviour network and the cerebellum in nest material collection and manipulation by birds

KW - Nest building

KW - Zebra finch

KW - Social behaviour network

KW - c-fos

KW - Anterior motor pathway

KW - Cerebellum

U2 - 10.1093/icb/icaa108

DO - 10.1093/icb/icaa108

M3 - Article

VL - In press

JO - Integrative and Comparative Biology

JF - Integrative and Comparative Biology

SN - 1540-7063

M1 - icaa108

ER -

Related by author

  1. It’s not all about temperature: breeding success also affects nest design

    Edwards, S. C., Shoot, T. T., Martin, R. J., Sherry, D. F. & Healy, S. D., 1 Jul 2020, In: Behavioral Ecology. 31, 4, p. 1065-1072 araa052.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Juvenile socio-ecological environment shapes material technology in nest-building birds

    Breen, A. J., Lovie, K. E., Guerard, C., Edwards, S. C., Cooper, J., Healy, S. D. & Guillette, L. M., 30 Apr 2020, In: Behavioral Ecology. Advance Articles, araa027.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Behaviour: Nesting, Brooding, Parental Care, Birds

    Edwards, S., Bernard, A. & Healy, S. D., 2018, Encyclopedia of Reproduction. Skinner, M. K. (ed.). Second ed. Academic Press, Vol. 6. p. 102-105 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  4. Estimating on the fly: the approximate number system in rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)

    Corliss, M., Brown, T., Hurly, T. A., Healy, S. D. & Tello-Ramos, M. C., 14 Dec 2020, In: Learning and Behavior. First Online, 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. The rationality of decisions depends on behavioural context

    Glaser, G. L., Miller, M. C., Healy, S. D. & Shuker, D. M., 5 Dec 2020, In: Behavioural Processes. In-press, 104293.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. Breed differences in dog cognition associated with brain-expressed genes and neurological functions

    Gnanadesiken, G. E., Hare, B., Snyder-Mackler, N., Call, J., Kaminski, J., Miklósi, Á. & MacLean, E. L., 29 Jul 2020, In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. In press, icaa112.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Measuring Biodiversity and Extinction-Present and Past

    Sigwart, J. D., Bennett, K. D., Edie, S. M., Mander, L., Okamura, B., Padian, K., Wheeler, Q., Winston, J. E. & Yeung, N. W., 1 Dec 2018, In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. 58, 6, p. 1111-1117 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

  3. Melanin-Based Color of Plumage: Role of Condition and of Feathers' Microstructure

    D'Alba, L., Van Hemert, C., Spencer, K. A., Heidinger, B. J., Gill, L., Evans, N. P., Monaghan, P., Handel, C. M. & Shawkey, M. D., Oct 2014, In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54, 4, p. 633-644 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. The mechanisms of condition-dependent variation in melanin-based plumage color.

    D'Alba, L., Spencer, K. A., Van Hemert, C., Heidinger, B. J., Gill, L., Evans, N. P., Monaghan, P., Handel, C. M. & Shawkey, M. D., 2014, In: Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54, p. E56-E56 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalAbstractpeer-review

ID: 269540807

Top