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Zebra finch song stimuli

posted on 23.12.2020, 18:26 by Dan MelizaDan Meliza, Margot C. Bjoring
Songs of male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) used as stimuli for neural recordings and simulations. All animal use was performed in accordance with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the University of Virginia. Adult zebra finches were obtained from the Meliza Lab breeding colony at the University of Virginia. During recording, zebra finches were housed in a soundproof auditory isolation box (Eckel Industries, Cambridge, MA) with ad libitum food and water and were kept on a 16:8h light:dark schedule. A mirror was added to the box to stimulate singing. Recordings were made with an Audio-Technica Pro 70 microphone, digitized with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 at 44.1 kHz, and stored to disk using custom C++ software (https://github.com/melizalab/jill; version 2.1.4). A typical recording session lasted 2–3 days. A single representative song was selected from each bird’s recorded corpus and was high-pass filtered at 500Hz with a 4th-order Butterworth filter.


Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee (to CDM)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (to Margot Bjoring)


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