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This parrot taps out beats — and it custom-builds its instruments

Close-up of a palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus).

The courtship display of the male palm cockatoo includes raising of its crest and tapping out rhythms with its feet or a sound-making device. Credit: Getty

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Nature 621, 447 (2023)



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