Don’t be cruel, says cockatoo, but his gal won’t listen

by Matthew Cobb

Yes, this has been around for a couple of years (nearly 6 million views), but it’s still fun. What’s not resolved is why cockatoos dance.

18 Comments

  1. samuelmehr
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    see Schachner, A., Brady, T. F., Pepperberg, I. M., & Hauser, M. D. (2009). Spontaneous Motor Entrainment to Music in Multiple Vocal Mimicking Species. Current Biology, 19(10), 831–836. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2009.03.061

    • rickflick
      Posted April 2, 2017 at 6:19 am | Permalink

      “We conclude that entrainment is not unique to humans and that the distribution of entrainment across species supports the hypothesis that entrainment evolved as a by-product of selection for vocal mimicry.”

      Entratainment! Well, there you have it. Once again science sucks the life out of magic and mystery. Here I was thinking it was the big hair.

    • Diane G.
      Posted April 4, 2017 at 2:01 am | Permalink

      Cool article, and free, to boot! Thanks!

  2. Posted April 2, 2017 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    Too bad dinosaurs didn’t have Elvis. Imagine T-Rex bobbing her head to this!

  3. mb
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Has it ever really been resolved why humans dance?

    • Frank Bath
      Posted April 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      Good point. I’ve wondered that myself.

    • Posted April 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      To show they are fit?

    • samuelmehr
      Posted April 3, 2017 at 3:20 am | Permalink

      Working on it. Check back in, like, 5-10 yrs.

  4. Posted April 2, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    The male one, I presume, is just showing off (Zahavi’s handicap principle). jk

  5. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I love how the disinterested cockatoo puts up the foot.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted April 2, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      I bet her would-be paramour is feeling a bit crestfallen now.

    • Monika
      Posted April 2, 2017 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      I know I’m anthropomorphizing, but the other bird seems to think “WTF is wrong with you!”

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted April 2, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

        Embarrassed. Like they were at a wedding and the other bird got drunk & started dancing & she just wants to distance herself from him.

        • Posted April 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

          His wings looked clipped. She could still fly somewhat. Maybe that was meant to be an equalizer.

  6. nicky
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    He clearly wants to impress the lady, but she will have none of it. How does this appear somehow familiar?

  7. Claudia Baker
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    “I’m just not in the mood.”

  8. Posted April 2, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.


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