Birds dancing to music
Our response to music is seen in many different ways and on many different levels. Music can induce happiness, sadness, and a multitude of other emotions. But do animals experience the same type of emotions that we do? The internet is awash with YouTube videos of parrots and other birds bopping along to a song. Since Darwin, birdsong has been pored over to determine if it is a musically rewarding trait. Without getting into the incredibly complicated testing phases created for a Emory University study, scientists determined that female birds, when hearing birdsong, responded to the music in much the same way as people do.
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Why do some birds dance to music? - Quora
But when a small group of scientists first saw it a decade ago, they knew that it was more than entertaining. If it was real, it offered the first genuine support for a claim Darwin had made years ago, but never proven: that animals perceived and enjoyed music as much as we did. They wagered an expensive bottle of Spanish wine on whether it was legitimate, and shared that wine several years later when they were finally convinced it was real. Whether musicality is embedded in biology is still hotly debated. The research also raises the question of whether humans have evolved brain specializations for processing music, as we have for language. Patel first saw Snowball on YouTube in and called Irena Schulz, who ran the shelter where the parrot lived. She had a background in biology and agreed to participate in a study.
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Why Do Some Pet Birds Dance to Music?
Snowball hatched c. Snowball's abilities first became apparent after being acquired from a bird show at the age of six by his previous owner. He was observed bobbing his head in time to the Backstreet Boys song, " Everybody Backstreet's Back ". The owner and his children encouraged this behavior and observed Snowball developing rhythmic foot-lifting gestures, perhaps in imitation of his human companions' arm-lifting gestures. In August , Snowball was relinquished by his previous owner at least his third  to the Bird Lovers Only bird shelter of Duncan, South Carolina , after the cockatoo became "difficult to manage", following his daughter's departure to college.
There are a number of different bird species that will dance if you play the right music. While birds might not be able to play the drums or play the guitar, most of them can certainly sing. Researchers have long suspected that certain birds sometimes sing just because they enjoy doing so.
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