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Friday, May 2, 2008
So You Think Your Bird Can Dance?

By Melissa L. Kauffman, Editorial Director BIRD TALK and
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Melissa prepares her pet birds for a dance-off
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The answer to that is a resounding "No." I have never thought either of my birds could dance. I've lived with them for more than 15 years, and I've danced around the room plenty of times, and never once have they joined in. They didn't stop me, however, so I must have been entertaining. Nevertheless, when we decided to do the World's First Bird Dance-Off, I wanted to try.

Seeing the entry videos with birds rockin' out filled me with envy. As an employee, I can't win the contest, but at least I wanted to participate. So, I got my trusty camera and my feathered dancers and I off I went ... to the bathroom. This would sound bizarre except to other `tiel lovers.

My bathroom has a big tile sink and a big mirror, which is guaranteed to make the birds move, if only to look at them selves. Next I got my IPod and speakers and set them up in the bathroom. I turned the volume way up and grabbed my mister-spray bottle. I believed the birds would be more lively after a good shower. I sprayed them down, they groomed and we were ready. Of course they spent almost the entire time looking in the mirror at themselves and the reflection of me dancing.

At one point, Natty got so excited that he flew to my head and twisted and swayed on my head as I danced. Apparently, he can only dance with a partner and if the dance floor is made of hair. My husband refused to come into the bathroom and videotape Natty, so I couldn't capture that on film. Nevertheless, I am putting my video attempt here for you to check out. You can watch my cockatiels sit around and do nothing to the catchy music. Later in the video, Natty does fly toward the camera when he is going for my head, which is kind of funny.

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Some do dance I have three cockatiels and I think they dance t the music I listen to when I am doing the laundry.
Barbie, Rancho Cordova, CA
Posted: 12/20/2009 6:41:36 PM
awwww. i try to get my cockatiels to dance but i think they might be to young
lyndsay, ny, NY
Posted: 7/8/2008 7:59:50 PM
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 6/19/2008 9:08:20 AM
What cute birds.
R, S, CA
Posted: 5/2/2008 3:24:43 PM
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