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Study: Parrots Hate Dance Music

If your Norwegian Blue gets a little agitated whenever you crank up the DeadMaus5, it’s because parrots apparently have an “intense dislike of dance music.”  This comes to us from the journal Appliked Animal Behaviour Science.

A couple of African Greys were subjected to U2, UB40, the Prodigy, Scissor Sisters and Chemical Brothers as well as some Bach.  Anything with a fast beat scared the bejeezus out of them.  More at The Telegraph.

Next up:  why my dog hates anything with Auto-tune.

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One thought on “Study: Parrots Hate Dance Music

  • Dude, African Grey's are the most intelligent parrot there is, but they are not musical at all. I declare this an invalid test. When we first got our Goffin's cockatoo, I tested a wide assortment of music as well including some Kraftwerk and he took to it rather well.

    Parrot's like it when you dance with them, not stare at them with a clipboard. Pffft, scientists.

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