Snowball can headbang, fashion and body roll as well as, if not better than, any rhythmically inclined human. Never mind he is coated in feathers.
The sulfur-crested cockatoo broke big on YouTube in 2007 for his toe-tapping, head-bobbing performance to the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody.” However, after spending a decade learning his broad repertoire of bangs, hops, and lifts, researchers recommend that parrots and people share a bent to dance when the music strikes them.
Ever the entertainer, Snowball carried out 14 unique dances when prompted by music, based on findings published on Monday in Current Biology. It is proof that some birds are able to refine cognitive control and a level of creativity previously unseen in different species.
The examine follows a 2009 paper that discovered a head-bobbing Snowball possessed a sophisticated musical beat perception in comparison with different animals that synchronize rhythms for mating functions, like frogs or crickets.
Researchers weren’t in a position to rule out then whether or not Snowball had copied the actions of his human owners or if he may adjust his head-bops to completely different tempos. Toe-tapping and headbanging are attributes of parrot mating rituals, so it was tough to attract any conclusions in regards to the cognitive implications, examine writer Aniruddh Patel informed CNN.
However shortly after that research ended, Snowball’s owner (and co-creator of the more recent paper) Irena Schulz contacted Patel after her bird had started to discover new moves he’s himself in response to music.