Friday, May 1, 2009
DANCING PARROT'S GOT THE BEAT
Researchers have revealed that birds – and parrots in particular – can bob their heads, tap their feet, and sway their bodies along to a musical beat. Now they believe that other "mimicking" species such as dolphins, elephants, and pinnipeds, a group including walruses and seals, may also like to boogie. We've discovered a cockatoo named Snowball that dances to the beat of human music," said Dr Aniruddh Patel of The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California, lead author of one of the studies. "Using a controlled experiment, we've shown that if the music speeds up or slows down across a wide range, he adjusts the tempo of his dancing to stay synchronised to the beat." One of Snowball's favourite dancing tunes is none other than the Backstreet Boys' "Everybody", he added.
OK SO PARROTS CAN KEEP THE BEAT BUT THEIR MUSICAL TASTE IS CLEARLY OPEN TO MAJOR QUESTION!