Chapter 43. The zebra finch

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Ruedi G. Nager and
  2. Graham Law

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch43

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Nager, R. G. and Law, G. (2010) The zebra finch, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch43

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Division of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • zebra finch, small passerine from family Estrildidae (weaver finches);
  • zebra finch - abundant and widespread in the wild, two subspecies;
  • clear morphological differences - different breeding stocks of zebra finches;
  • zebra finches, opportunistic breeders;
  • common method to individually mark zebra finches - using split leg rings;
  • body temperature, recorded using small temperature probes;
  • common abnormal behaviour in caged zebra finches - feather pecking resulting in bald patches in plumage;
  • breeding females - becoming egg bound;
  • bald patches in plumage - presence of pathogen or result of abnormal behaviour

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Normal behaviour

  • Biological data

  • Reproduction

  • Use in research

  • Sources and supplies

  • General husbandry

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common healthand welfare problems

  • Acknowledgements

  • References