A bird that keeps the beat

A dancing cockatoo shows that humans aren’t the only animals with rhythm

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM May 6, 2009

New research shows that Snowball the sulfur-crested cockatoo moves in time to musical beats, an ability long attributed only to people.

New research shows that Snowball the sulfur-crested cockatoo moves in time to musical beats, an ability long attributed only to people.

Aniruddh D. Patel, John R. Iversen, Micah R. Bregman, and Irena Schulz

View videos of the parrots dancing

The idea for a science experiment can come from an unusual place. After watching a YouTube video of a dancing bird named Snowball, a scientist in California decided to study the ability of animals to keep the beat.

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