Dancing Cockatoo Shakes His Tail Feather

Dancing Cockatoo Shakes His Tail Feather

Alisa Opar
Published: 11/05/2010

Move over, Snowball. The latest dancing bird sensation is Frostie. The video above shows the 21-year-old bare-eyed cockatoo rockin' out to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair." (It's dubbed. Scroll down for a video that shows him cutting a rug to, appropriately, Ray Charles singing "Shake Your Tail Feather".)
 
Frostie and Snowball—a medium sulphur crested eleanora cockatoo that grooves to the Back Street Boys, Queen, among other artists—aren't the only birds with rhythm, as Audubon reporter Katherine Tweed reported:
Researchers from Harvard University combed through more than 1,000 videos of dancing animals and found that only vocal mimics, including 14 species of parrots, can truly rock to the beat.
 

This confirmed other findings from scientists at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego who studied a cockatoo that changed up its dance style as music was played faster or slower during a dance session. Both studies support the theory that moving to the music relies on the same brain wiring that is used for complex learning.
 
Given that videos of Snowball and Frostie have gone viral, it's only fitting that each has his own website. Check out Snowball's blog, and Frostie's Facebook page. And while you're there, why not become a fan of Audubon magazine's Facebook page, too?  Enough with the self-promotion—here's another Frostie video.
 

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