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Parrot moves in time to the beat

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Some birds have a remarkable talent for dancing, two studies published in Current Biology suggest.

Footage revealed that some parrots have a near-perfect sense of rhythm; swaying their bodies, bobbing their heads and tapping their feet in time to the beat.

In this experiment, Alex, an African grey parrot, is exposed to music he has never heard before.

Analysis of his dance moves reveal he is able to keep in time to the beat.

The findings could help to shed light on how our relationship with music and the capacity to dance came about.

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