Research News 2012
05 20 12 Finches learn even when practice isn't perfect
Jonathan Charlesworth, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, and his colleagues trained Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) to modify the pitch of one song syllable in response to white noise. Then they temporarily inactivated parts of the birds' brains to tease out the functions of different brain structures.
Nature News (includes link to paper in Nature)