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Still Dancing!

Snowball dances his way into the halls of science.

Snowball, the dancing sulphur-crested cockatooYou’ve seen him get down to the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody” on YouTube and he was the inspiration behind the World’s First Bird Dance Off on BirdChannel.com. We’re talking about Snowball, the dancing sulphur-crested cockatoo, who resides with Irena Schulz at the Bird Lovers Only Rescue Service, Inc., in Indiana (www.birdloversonly.org). Snowball was back in the news recently as subject of ground-breaking research to see if animals are capable of synchronized rhythmic movement, which had been thought to be a uniquely human trait. BIRD TALK talked with Aniruddh Patel, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, who co-authored the study with Research Fellow John R. Iversen, Ph.D.

**For the full article, pick up the August 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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