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Drumming & Dancing Birds

Drumming & Dancing Birds

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, July 1, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, birds, art and design, environment, adventure

                     Palm Cockatoos, Australia (credit: AAAS Science Advances, Andrew Wagner)

Originally, the only animals who used sticks and drums to attract attention were humans. New research in Science Advances shows that Australian Palm Cockatoos use implements to produce regular beats and rhythms as well. In the case with the cockatoo the reason is likely to attract a mate as the birds preform solo rather than in a band. This rhythmic talent appears to be cultural, ie learned and passed on, as it has been observed so in cockatoo populations in the far north of Queensland's Cape York. Apparently, individual males benefited from drumming and passed on the ability to the larger population. Cockatoos definitely are smart birds have demonstrated an appreciation for dancing to rock & roll tunes as well.

Studies and examples of animal behavior continue providing amazing results from critters once thought dumb and stupid. Appreciation of music has always been one sign of a high level of intelligence.



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