The birds just want to have fun! Snowball, the cockatoo, which gained fame on the Internet in 2007 when it dances with the Backstreet Boys' All (Backstreet & # 39; s Back), has been waving a tail feather by science. The team of researchers, led by psychologist Dr. R. Joanne Jao Keehn, sought to understand why he could move at the pace that other primates, such as gorillas and chimpanzees, closest relatives of humans, can not.
Snowball showed an impressive range of 14 different dance moves, plus two compound movements. While dancing to the 80 classics. Another that bites the dust Y Girls just want Have funThe sulfur-crested cockatoo bounced, raised its foot, posed with its crest raised, made an excellent blow to the head and even showed a movement that researchers call voguing.
"The most interesting thing for us is the great diversity of their movements in music," said Professor Aniruddh Patel.
The team says that Snowball's ability to devise new moves, as well as his ability to improvise a different dance every time he listens to a song, shows flexibility and creativity.
Patel's research in 2009 gave Snowball the honor of being named the first non-human animal to prove conclusively that it can dance at a pace.
So why can humans and cockatoos do boogies when primates can not even take advantage of the rhythm? It all comes down to the fact that we share a number of characteristics with the birds, all of which adds to a penchant for moving to music, according to the team.
For us, dancing is a social activity, and we are more likely to dance in a group than in ours. Next, the researchers want to find out if Snowball is the same.
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