Like humans, parrots love to dance, like one, two, cock-a-too!

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Like humans, parrots love to dance, like one, two, cock-a-too!

The birds seem to have an innate ability to teach themselves how to jive to a rhythm

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Snowball, a sulphur-crested cockatoo, shot to YouTube stardom a decade ago for his uncanny ability to rock out to the Backstreet Boys.

Now Snowball’s back – alright! – having taught himself a dizzying array of new moves that might put you to shame and have scientists excited about parrots’ ability to process music and respond creatively.

His rhythmic body-rolls, headbangs, shimmies and many variations thereof were documented in a new paper published in Current Biology on Monday...

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