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Data from: Neural activation following offensive aggression in Japanese quail

Citation

Voigt, Cornelia; Hirschenhauser, Katharina; Leitner, Stefan (2018), Data from: Neural activation following offensive aggression in Japanese quail, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.v511900

Abstract

Aggression is a fundamental part of animal social behaviour. In avian species, little is known about its neural representation. In particular, neural activity following offensive aggression has not been studied in detail. Here, we investigated the patterns of brain activation using immediate-early gene (IEG) expression in male Japanese quail that showed pronounced aggressive behaviours during a 30 min male-male interaction and compared them to those of males that did not interact with a conspecific. In aggressive males, we found a massive induction of the IEG zenk in pallial brain structures such as the intermediate medial mesopallium, the caudomedial mesopallium and the intermediate medial nidopallium. To a lesser extent, activation was observed in subpallial areas such as the nucleus taeniae of the amygdala and in the medial portion of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Our data suggest that the modulation of aggressive behaviour involves the integration of multisensory information.

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