Tilly, a once shy cockatoo at Best Friends Animal Society Parrot Garden, discovered his love for ’80s women pop artists.
“Tilly was quiet and reserved when he came to us. He wouldn’t take treats from us and didn’t really play with toys. He just wanted to sit and observe.”
He has a specific taste in music that gets him grooving. Tilly can’t resist moving his feathers to the catchy tunes of “It’s Raining Men” and “Dancing Queen.”
Unlike other songs, these ‘80s tunes make him dance wildly and joyfully, allowing him to express himself.
Cockatoos are known for their natural inclination to dance to music. The reason behind this behavior is primarily rooted in their instinctual desire for social interaction and attention.
Cockatoos are highly social birds and enjoy engaging in various forms of communication and play.
Hearing music, especially upbeat or rhythmic tunes, stimulates their senses and triggers their innate need to move and express themselves.
Dancing allows cockatoos to exhibit excitement, establish social bonds, and showcase their vibrant personalities.
It’s a joyful and entertaining way for them to engage with their environment and enjoy the company of their human companions.
Tilly’s rescuers play his favorite songs almost daily, turning chores into dance parties. It’s a delight to witness Tilly’s unique preference for ’80s pop hits and how they bring out his inner dancer.
“We play his music for him almost daily. He likes to help in the kitchen with diets and dishes, so we will blast his music and have dance parties as we work.”
Check out this video of Tilly’s moves:
Now that Tilly has gained confidence, he is ready to find a new home.
His ideal family would share his passion for ’80s pop and provide a patient and loving environment. Tilly also enjoys sitting next to people and receiving head scratches.
“The best home for Tilly would be one without other parrots. He would do well in a patient home since it takes him a little while to come out of his shell. Music and dancing in the home is a must. He also really enjoys sitting next to you and getting head scratches. He’s a sweetheart.”
Music truly has the power to bring joy and connection, even for cockatoos like Tilly.