De novo high-coverage sequencing and annotated assemblies of the budgerigar genome

JT Howard, S Koren, A Phillippy, S Zhou, D Schwartz, M Schatz, R Aboukhalil, JM Ward, J Li, B Li, O Fedrigo, L Bukovnik, T Wang, G Wray, I Rasolonjatovo, R Winer, J R Knight, W Warren, G Zhang & ED Jarvis
Background: Parrots are considered one of the most behaviorally advanced vertebrate groups. They have an advanced ability of vocal learning. Parrots can imitate human speech, synchronize their body movements to a rhythmic beat, and understand complex concepts of referential meaning to sounds. However, very little is known about the genetics of these traits. In order to understand the molecular and genetic basis of these traits we need whole genome sequencing and a robust assembly of...