Date: June 28, 2017
Source: Australian National University
Professor Rob Heinsohn said while songbirds and whales can belt out a musical tune, few species recognise a beat.
But the shy and elusive palm cockatoo, iconic to Cape York Peninsula in far North Queensland, plays the drums and crafts the sticks.
"The large smoky-grey parrots fashion thick sticks from branches, grip them with their feet and bang them on trunks and tree hollows, all the while displaying to females," said Professor Heinsohn, from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.