Forget Dancing with the Stars. It’s time for dancing with the birds. Scientists have determined that a sulphur-crested bird nicknamed “Snowball The Dancing Cockatoo” was able to figure out his own dance moves without coaching, training or dance lessons. Snowball’s natural rhythm would put most of us to shame.
The Celebrity of Snowball The Dancing Cockatoo
This is not Snowball’s first time in the limelight. Back in 2009, the talented cockatoo became a YouTube sensation for grooving to the Backstreet Boys.
New Dance Moves
In the new study, researchers wanted to know if Snowball still had the moves. They knew he had developed the head bob and the foot lift. They were curious to learn if he could learn new dance moves by listening to different types of music.
The researchers played a new set of tunes for Snowball and carefully documented all of his separate dance moves. You can see him getting down to “Another One Bites the Dust” here. They cataloged 14 different moves that Snowball developed on his own.
As Science Daily reported, lead researcher Anriduddh Patel said, “What’s most interesting to us is the sheer diversity of his movements to music.”
What Does It Mean?
The researchers weren’t just trying to make a cute, viral YouTube video. They believe that humans and parrots might share certain traits that lead both to develop dance movements. Other parrots have shown an ability to dance, but Snowball is the first to create a large number of dance steps.
Not a Surprise to Snowball’s Mom
Snowball’s mother Irena Schulz always knew that Snowball was special. She wrote that she knew that from the moment she rescued the talented fellow.