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Dancing is a human label for a bird bobbing and strutting, in response to music


Human label for the animated bobbing and strutting that many parrots do, often in response to music and especially raucous rock ‘n’ roll. Not to be confused with the highly repetitious “stereotypical behaviors” (seen especially in cockatoos), where the bird repeats the same motions over and over for long periods, rather like a tiger pacing back and forth in its cage for hours. (Note: see “Stereotypical Behaviors” for more explanation of this aberrant behavior.)


Certainly appears that the bird is having lots of fun and “feelin’ groovy!”


Enjoy and join in the fun!

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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One time I was watching tv and some random guy walked into my house. I think he was a druggie or a burglar or something, but he seemed kinda disoriented. Anyway, he came in and I hid behind my couch. Then my bird started dancing in his cage and the weird guy saw it and was mesmerized by it. So while the bird danced for 10 minutes I called the cops. They showed up before the bird finished his dance routine and they arrested the guy.

After this experience I got rid of my alarm system and just bought more dancing birds.
Melvin, Burgersburg
Posted: 1/26/2014 7:07:31 PM
My cockatiel, "Bear", is a great dancer, especially if the music has whistling or a good beat to it.
Martha, Chicago, IL
Posted: 5/10/2012 12:37:12 PM
My cockatiel, "Bear", is a great dancer, especially if the music has whistling or a good beat to it.
Martha, Chicago, IL
Posted: 5/10/2012 12:34:46 PM
my bird dances all the time. this is a good article. if your bird dances join the fun like the article says.
will, independence, KY
Posted: 4/14/2012 12:40:20 PM
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