30 Jun '17, 10am

Chicks dig drummers, even in the rain forest

Chicks dig drummers, even in the rain forest

Deep in the rainforests of northern Australia, there’s a beat that tends to pack a lot of heat, literally. In the quest for the ideal mate, the male palm cockatoo has long keyed into a very basic and universal truth: Chicks dig drummers. So the bird, among the biggest cockatoo species in the world, plies its percussive art — using custom-crafted sticks against tree hollows — to charm the ladies. From there, things take a decided turn for the birds and the beats. While this cockatoo’s mating song has long fascinated nature lovers and tourists alike, it’s only recently that scientists have bent a serious ear to the unlikely beat. Their findings, published this week in the journal Science Advances , suggests the big birds may not only be a lot more ingenious than we ever thought, they also have a kind of rock star sensibility that transcends the species. For one thing, the re...

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/male-co...

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