Canberra - A dancing cockatoo which found fame online exhibits several creative and distinct moves, showing that spontaneous and diverse dance moves are not unique to humans, a scientific study published on Monday said.
Snowball, a sulfur-crested cockatoo, grooves spontaneously to popular music, exhibiting several creative and distinct moves, including headbangs and foot-lifts.
"Spontaneous movement to music occurs in every human culture and is a foundation of dance," the study published in Current Biology said.
Such moves "occurs in parrots, perhaps because they (like humans, and unlike monkeys) are vocal learners whose brains contain strong auditory-motor connections," which gives sophisticated processing abilities, the researchers said.
Snowball had garnered YouTube fame and news headlines a decade ago after dancing to the beat of the Backstreet Boys' "Everybody."