Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Parrots Have Personal Musical Tastes

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They are known as great mimics, but now scientists have discovered that parrots also have varied musical tastes - and an intense dislike of dance tunes. Researchers monitored the listening preferences of a pair of African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and found that while one favoured soothing 'middle of the road' music, the other opted for more upbeat, modern pop.

Both birds also enjoyed rock and folk music and 'danced' along, by bobbing their heads and legs. They even 'sang along,' by squawking. But neither animal appreciated electronic dance music, which left them both distressed.