The ability to tap in time with a rhythm has been found in only a few species besides humans, including elephants and parrots.
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In the experiments, the birds often tapped slightly before the beep and flashing light, indicating that they could predict the intervals between the flashes.
Imitating sound made by others is deeply connected with language acquisition. The fact that budgerigars, which can imitate human speech, have a sense of rhythm is viewed by researchers as strong evidence that there is a connection between language acquisition and a sense of rhythm.
"We want to see if budgies can start dancing to music like humans do," said Yoshimasa Seki, a researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency.
Imagine that! ^_^
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