You may have seen him before: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo. ScienceNOW Daily News reports on a Current Biology study – a neurobiologist went to study the bird and sees dancing as a phenomenon connected to the ability to imitate sounds. A companion paper looks for dancing ability in a number of animals, but only found it in animals that were able to vocally mimic sounds.
If you haven’t watched the video you definitely have have to. If you have… it’s worth watching some again.