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Palm Cockatoos cut sticks to drum and play rhythms

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by kesslari, Jun 29, 2017.


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  1. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    Admittedly, I'm a bird geek, but this is REALLY COOL...

    Whales and songbirds produce sounds resembling human music, and chimpanzees and crows use tools. But only one nonhuman animal is known to marry these two skills.

    Palm cockatoos from northern Australia modify sticks and pods and use them to drum regular rhythms, according to new research published in Science Advances on Wednesday. In most cases, males drop beats in the presence of females, suggesting they perform the skill to show off to mates. The birds even have their own signature cadences, not unlike human musicians.

    Drumming Cockatoos and the Rhythms of Love
     
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