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Planet Earth

Can't Touch This: Cockatoo Jams to Techno, Supports Animal Research

DiscoblogBy Rachel CernanskyMay 1, 2009 12:30 AM


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Turns out humans aren't the only ones who can keep a beat! This sulphur-crested cockatoo can dance "in time" to a changing rhythm—and in a particularly impressive display, it can even raise its feathers when the music picks up. The cockatoo may not know it, but it helped scientists complete their research, published in twopapers in Current Biology, demonstrating that nonhuman animals are capable of synchronized movement. The bird also shows off a catchy one-leg kick that just may start a new dance trend. Related Content: Discoblog: You Can Dance if You Want to, You Can Learn from Different Bees Discoblog: Grizzly Bear Dance Lessons

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