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Friday, May 1, 2009

Birds have rhythm!!

Two recent studies have suggested that some birds have a remarkable talent for dancing, as published in the journal Current Biology. This was all sparked by the appearance on YouTube of videos of Snowball, a dancing cockatoo with a penchant for the backstreet boys.

Further investigation reveals that the birds have an innate sense of rhythm. Researches varied the tempo of Snowball's favourite music and discovered that he varied his routine in accordance with the beat.

All well and good, and in fairness, it makes for amusing internet videos. But why is this news? Why is deemed valid scientific research? Birds sing after all. It is fundamental to their recreation. Surely they are more musical than us? (Though that doesn't explain why Snowball likes the Backstreet Boys).

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