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Regulation of androgen on singing behavior and song control system of songbirds

LI Dong-Feng1,*, WANG Song-Hua2, MENG Wei2

1School of Life Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China;2Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013, China


Androgen plays an important role in singing of songbirds. Recent studies have shown that androgen levels in vivo not only affect the external morphology of songbirds, but also affect their singing behavior. Androgens (including derivatives) affect singing behavior and singing system in many ways. Based mainly on the results from our research group in the zebra finch, this review summarizes the effects of androgen on singing behavior, excitability and synaptic transmission of projection neurons of singing system, and the interaction of androgen with other neurotransmitter receptors in the brain of songbirds.

Key words: androgen; song control system; singing; excitability; zebra finch

Received: 2019-08-01  Accepted: 2019-12-25

Corresponding author: LI Dong-Feng  E-mail:

DOI: 10.13294/j.aps.2020.0014

Citing This Article:

LI Dong-Feng, WANG Song-Hua, MENG Wei. Regulation of androgen on singing behavior and song control system of songbirds. Acta Physiol Sin 2020; 72 (2): 243-248 (in Chinese with English abstract).