Beat induction is a skill that none of our nearest relatives posses! Neither chimpanzees or bonobo’s can synchronize to the beat of the music.
However, Snowball - the Cockatoo- seems to be an exception. He could dance to the beat of Everybody of the Backstreet Boys like a grown-up human would do.
In the year that followed, Snowball became quite a celebrity. He appeared in the David Letterman Show and - together with its owner Irena Schultz - travelled all over the U.S., presenting its ‘skills’ at events like the World Science Festival (see link below).
For us, scientists in music cognition, the challenge still is to figure out: is Snowball really listening and picking up the beat, or is he imitating its owner?