This handout from Irena Schulz at the Bird Lovers Only Rescue Service Inc. shows Snowball the dancing cockatoo lifting a foot as he "dances" to music. Bird Lovers Only Rescue Service Inc./AFP / Irena Schulz
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Snowball, a sulfur-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 that have scientists excited about parrots' ability to process music and respond creatively.While the internet is replete with videos of parrots dancing, suggesting Snowball's abilities are far from unique, the ability is notably absent from primates, our closest genetic relatives, and our close companions, dogs.Looking ahead, Patel and his colleagues are keen to explore this social context and determine if Snowball dances to strengthen his bond with people.
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