Rockatoo

Nature News has an interesting article by Philip Ball about a dancing cockatoo named Snowball:

Aniruddh Patel of the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, and his colleagues say that Snowball's ability to shake his stuff is much more than a cute curiosity. It could shed light on the biological bases of rhythm perception, and might even hold implications for the use of music in treating neurodegenerative disease.

Below is a film clip of Snowball getting his groove on.


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I've been too busy to comment much, (new grandbaby!)but your blog has really rocked this week. There have been so many intriguing posts, but this one and the itch were my favorites. Great work, Mo.

By carolyn13 (not verified) on 26 Jun 2008 #permalink

I once watched a cockatoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo here work for about 15 minutes trimming a twig about a foot long. It was very purposeful with frequent inspections of the work. But, what was the purpose? Finally the cockatoo was satisfied with the work and proceeded to use the twig to scratch its back!