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Why Do Parrots Dance?
If you are a parrot owner, you might have noticed your bird doing a little dance now and then while the music is playing. If you have noticed your parrot dancing and would like to know more about why they do it, keep reading. We are going to discuss if your bird can really feel the music like humans do, or if it is dancing for some other reason. We’ll also talk about the possibility of training your pet to dance and if any accessories can help encourage your parrot to move to the beat.
How Are Parrots Able to Dance to Music?
Feeling the Beat
Some studies suggest that parrots can sense the music and bob their head along with a song’s tempo. Though they may not always be in time with the music, they will bob their heads faster during up-tempo songs than for slow ones. Many people point to this as proof that the birds can feel the music, while others suggest that they are only feeling the vibrations in the air.
Another signal that your pet is dancing to the music and not simply reacting to vibrations is that most owners will tell you that their pets have song preferences, with different birds preferring different music. Strangely, most owners report that their birds prefer classical music to dance music, the latter of which would actually provide stronger vibrations that should make it easier to dance. Birds that don’t like a song will not dance and may make loud chips and squawks to encourage you to play something else.
Another explanation offered by naysayers is that the parrot is only mimicking the behavior of the owner. Some believe that you are listening to music and dancing as your bird watches and learns. In a short time, they believe your bird will begin to copy your behavior.
While your bird will likely learn a few of your best dance moves, parrots can dance without anyone showing them how. A bird that was only mimicking you would likely not continue to dance when there is no music and continue to dance randomly throughout the day. It might also stop dancing when you leave the room. However, many owners report their bird only dances when a song the bird likes is on the radio and will do so regardless of who else is present.
Teaching a Parrot To Dance
We think you will find that most parrots will begin to dance naturally if you play a song that it likes. You can get in on the fun for a strong bonding experience with your bird and the chance to show it your best moves. After a while, your pet will move beyond simple head bobbing and will begin flapping its wings, kicking up its feet, and mimicking you. If your bird is slow to get started, we recommend following the steps we’ve listed to help your parrot find its dancing feet.
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Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.