New research has proved that a cockatoo learned a total of 14 different dance moves by itself. The cockatoo named Snowball is a 12-year-old dancing bird that can perform a range of dance moves. Research has been conducted on the bird’s unique ability by a group of researchers at Harvard, Tufts, and San Diego universities. The study was published on Monday in Current Biology.
A similar study conducted in the year 2009 tried to analyze how the bird perceived music and reacted to it. The study, however, couldn’t conclude if the bird learned the moves or based purely on some characteristic mating habits of their kind.
Irena Schulz, the owner of the bird, later contacted the study author, Aniruddh Patel, when she identified that the bird could make its own moves without any direction from her. Patel said that “Parrots are unusual because these complexities are coming together in their brains.” He talked about the spontaneous urge of the bird to dance by saying, “when these capacities come together, it leads to the impulse to dance.”
The pet cockatoo could identify two songs from the 1980s- “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Both these songs from the 80s varied from each other in their tempo. The study analyzed the dance moves by the bird that lasted for about 20 minutes. The bird incorporated various body parts in different combinations.
Some birds have in the past been noticed for their prowess in being able to imitate dance moves or show stimulation when exposed to music. This is, however, the first time ever that a living being other than humans have developed its own dance moves. The researchers conclude that parrots might be more similar to human beings than chimpanzees because of this unique ability, which the bird too shares.