I'll just give it wings! Parrot becomes an internet feeling after breaking an interpretive dance routine on a Russian folk song
- The parrot appears to be performing a traditional Balkan folk dance on Russian music
- New research suggests that parrots can enjoy music more than other animals
- Dr. Aniruddh Patel is currently investigating whether parrots dance as a form of social interaction
A dancing parrot has become known online after performing a traditional Balkan dance in sync with an electronic remix of a Russian folk song.
The music that is played is a Lezginka tune from the North Caucasus, traditionally performed by a man who imitates an eagle and jumps into the air.
It is believed that parrots enjoy music more than other animals and can synchronize their movements with a beat because they are able to form a link between auditory and motor parts of their brains.
Footage shows the enthusiastic being who skips on one foot in rhythm with the electronic song.
Research published earlier this year by Dr. ir. Aniruddh Patel from the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego seemed to prove this.
He tested a sulfur-crested cockatoo named Snowball that became famous for dancing at the Backstreet Boys in 2007, and many similar examples have since been filmed.
But the enthusiasm of the little parrot in the video for the music still surprised many.
The music that is played is a Lezginka tune from the North Caucasus that is traditionally performed by a man who imitates an eagle and jumps into the air
The viral images show the happy parrot that jumps from foot to foot in time with the music
For people, dancing is a form of social interaction.
And dr. Patel says they are currently analyzing data from an experiment designed to find out if the same applies to parrots.
But when social media user Angerai Khuzhayev played the song for his parrot, reportedly a Pyrrhura that occurs more frequently in the rain forests of Central and South America, the bird enthusiastically participated in the Eagle's dance.
The video of dancing parrots has drawn more than 200,000 views on Facebook.
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