Animal Behavior: Why do parrots dance?

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Are animals better than humans?

Maybe on one level they are. Each level of life on the earth-inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human-is more complex and possesses more qualities than the one(s) before it. Man has a trait that exists nowhere else in nature-ego. We also have the ability to remember the past and plan for the future.When

Are grizzly bears stronger than tigers?

It depends on what you mean by stronger and what tigers you're referring to.Siberian Tigers are the biggest cats by far.However, the Grizzly Bear has more weight than the tiger.Size:Siberian Tiger - average height, 11ft average male weight about 660 lbs.Grizzly bear -

Are human and animals really different?

Humans are animals. This is a plain and simple fact. Humans are animals. We are not "really different." We are not different at all. We are animals.All the traits that define whether something is an animal, we possess them all.We like to place ourselves on a special pedestal and forget this simple fact because we have language and tools.We

Are humans more like animals or different?

Humans ARE animals! We are mammals just like a cat or a dog that have live births and lactate to feed them. It's always funny to me how easily humans forget they THEY are animals too with basic needs like the rest. When we don't consider ourselves animals, it's like

Are humans the best animals?

That's the problem, where so damn good we don't know how to control it. We can find the most powerful excuses to abuse your young and hit them. We can find the strongest reasons to self terminates ourself. We can find the best reasons to cheat on our

Are humans the only species that get addicted to substances?

Definitely not! Read on!!Sydney has quite a rat problem. They arrived with the First Fleet and have been endemic in the dock areas ever since. They are pretty damn big,It has been discovered that not only does the rat poison "warfarin" not kill

Are humans wild or domesticated animals?

I've been thinking about this question a lot. I understand that the term domesticated means to be bred to be of service to human beings; however, if I were to ask this question I would have meant domesticated to be

Are lions the most fearless wild animals?

You gotta be kidding me!No! Lion's aren't the most fearless wild animals.Lions are indeed formidable predators, efficient hunters and overall totally magnificent creatures. They thrive in the Savannah and successfully take down big game. Their strength lies in their numbers.

Are non-human animals self-aware?

A paper was published this year (2017) establishing crows and ravens have what is called

Are panda bears considered friendly?

Giant panda has survived for more than about 8 million years, they certainly have ability to defend themselves well. They are very peaceful animal and prefer to live alone. so they avoid having fights with others unless being thereatened. wild pandas are very

Are there any cases of wild animals saving humans?

Yes there are that I recall of wild animals saving or trying to rescue distressed humans. My favourite are marine animals most notably from the orca family, from dolphins to shark killers like killerwhales (orcas), even seals .I remember reading about orcas in Europe

Besides humans, do any animals shed tears when they cry?

I'd never really given much thought to this ever, except for this weird thing that happened today & actually brought me to this question on Quora. I'm used to dealing with human emotions & never animals per se, till we got a puppy (2 months old, cute as a button Labrador retriever, we call her Cookie). Now generally

Can animals be tickled?

Yes. Most other primates laugh when tickled, but note that their laughter may not sound like laughter to us. Chimpanzee laughter sounds more like panting and breathing: our vocalized laughter may be a side effect of the changes to our voice box that help us talk.

Can animals comprehend ideas?

Some can. My dog Mudge could understand (,comprehend,) my thought and action.Current dog Candy does not like water. Sometimes, I used to tease her that I will give water. It knows the words so well, that she use to react (,even when no pipevor other water source is around).I

Can animals enjoy music the same way as humans can?

When I have forgotten myself and started singing while I'm doing a menial task, my cat Juno comes to find me and gazes at me like I'm a magical being.I love cows and that they seemingly cannot resist walking across a field to say hi to you. Maybe that's

Can animals talk to one another?

In the sense of speaking with words to communicate ideas and abstract concepts, then No. They can't.But they can and do communicate quite effectively using a combination of grunts, screams and all varieties in between combined with body attitudes and facial expressions, they manage very well to get their meanings across, not only their own

Can cats feel frustrated?

Not doubt about it!Watch an indoor cat sit on a window sill, and bird or squirrel or chipmunk watch. Many will literally chatter in frustration that they can't get at that lovely moving toy/prey out there. Cats stalking their prey outdoors don't get vocal, they will make similar mouthing, motion, no sound -

Can different kinds of animals communicate with each other?

Why, yes, yes they do, although their language is in large part very different from ours. Elephants, for instance, have a huge vocabulary, most of which is subsonic and is felt through their feet, if I understand the studies correctly.Dolphins are so sophisticated that each pod (family unit) has a sound that indicates that family unit,

Can even wild animals be our friends?

Having spent much quality time in the countryside with very sparse human company, I had come to appreciate the possibilities of peaceful co-existence with otherwise wild animals that can, in some cases, lead to enduring friendship.Over time and with patience,

Can humans ever talk to animals?

Yes its been done. More than one primate has been taught sign language. Probably the most famous was koko the gorilla (check out Wikipedia and YouTube). Koko was able to communicate at a surprisingly advanced level and demonstrated the ability to understand quite complex problems set up for her. Her

Can polar bears, brown bears, or grizzlies interbreed?

Yes, and the hybrid is called a grolar bear or pizzly bear. Since 2006 or so there have been at least 9 sightings in the wild and some have been confirmed with DNA. There is even a DNA confirmed second generation one. We knew it could happen already from zoo studies. And there is a specimen form the 1860s

Can science make animals talk?

Animals already talk, just not in the same ways that we do.Most animals can't learn or use human language because they lack the cognitive ability for that kind of depth and/or they don't have the same vocal chords and mouths (or

Can snakes be domesticated?

No, and I don't really think they can be tamed either. They can be acclimated to human contact, but that's about it. Keeping something in a cage does not make it domesticated.Domestication implies a species-wide dependence on humans to survive.

Can we communicate with animals?

Yes. We can communicate with animals in many ways. Physically, vocally, energetically and telepathically. Your animals certainly understand you when you talk to them. They may not understand every word of the language you speak to them, but we speak words with intent, and they understand intent.They also understand a limited vocabulary,

Can wild animals be domesticated to pets? Which ones?

We should not tame wild animals, largely in part because we alone can NOT tame wild animals- any wild animal in captivity is still a wild animal, and no amount of human interaction will inherently change that. The word tame implies obedience, and while

Can wild animals be perverted?

To answer this you must define perversion, which is a value judgement. Wild animals are certainly sexual, that's where baby wild animals come from, and sexual behaviors in wild animals vary across individuals of a species, sometimes quite widely. I suppose this suggests that some individual animals likely have sexual predilections outside the

Do animals commit suicide?

For an act to be classified as a suicide, the being must know that what it is doing will end its life. That kind of abstract thinking is probably out of the range of animals - even advanced ones.It's more likely that animals will inadvertently terminate their own lives when depressed or lonely. Highly bonded animals

Do animals feel regret?

Sultan and Mohamed Al-HelwThis is a true story that happened in 1972 at the National Circus in Giza, Egypt...Mohamed Al-Helw riding on SultanIn front of a huge audience

Do animals feel rhythm like humans do?

If by rhythm you mean the urge to move to a beat, the answer is almost never. Birds are an exception. This link features a summary of animal dance research and a video of a parrot rocking out to the Backstreet Boys: 

Do animals find humans to be attractive?

Sure, but it is still not commonly accepted.My cat pretended he didn't even know me when he was in public. He never admitted the truth. The shame would have killed him.He was a respected figure in the neighbourhood - and feline society was very prejudiced back then.Still is, really. They pretend to be pro-human rights and say ‘we

Do animals have emotions and feelings?

Without being anthropomorphic, I have found that animals do have feelings and emotions. Anger, love, courage, attachment, empathy, fear , grief and jealousy are just some.Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey were widely condemned for assigning human emotions to ‘wild animals' during their studies of wildlife. There are many examples of emotions, feelings and

Do animals have memory of harm done to them and can they take revenge on the harm?

I knew a woman who had worked at the Philadelphia Zoo and spent the majority of her time with the Gorillas.The Philly zoo is very careful with its workers and limits human contact with their animals to ensure both human and animal safety. To do so there are usually

Do animals sexually harass other animals?

Many years ago I owned a mare. One time when she came in heat, two donkeys jumped the fence and harassed her all day. It was obvious that she wanted nothing to do with them but they would run her into a corner and one would keep her there while

Do animals speak like us themselves?

Many species of whales have highly complex vocalizations that are learned from other whales, show local variation, and are adaptable to unfamiliar situations (ie, they're not using a programmed set of calls, they're varying the calls as necessary to communicate with other whales). This may in fact be a language.Other than that, animals communicate through auditory,

Do animals think like humans?

Each animal species has a unique way of problem solving, even further than that would be specific breeds think differently and act/react differently.I am no expert in psychology, however i am willing to bet each individual human has a unique way of thinking. My reasoning is if everyone thought the same, we would be equal

Do animals use medicine in nature?

Yes absolutely.Humans have learnt so much from the animal kingdom, domesticated to wildlife, in what plants to choose to trial medication.All medication derived from plants, then chemically -in the easiest term- mimicked to mass produce. Same effect, just a chemical reproduction.Think of an opioid for pain; Poppy seeds, Opium was known to ancient Greek

Do black bears kill people?

If they feel threatened or they are really really hungry they can potentially kill a human.It is very unlikely though since black bears are known for not being aggressive and running away. But even though they can climb really well and are fast which aids

Do dogs mimic people?

Interesting you should ask this question. Recent research included the use of this talent in dogs.

Do other animals talk to themselves?

Thanks for the A2A. It is currently impossible to know exactly how any animal thinks but some animal researchers believe that dogs and cats think in pictures. What you are really talking about is consciousness. Humans talk to themselves because they are conscious of

Do wild animals being killed by other animals feel pain?

Undoubtedly they feel some pain, but your question is a good one, because they typically don't show any pain on their face even as they die a horrible death.Two points I'd like to make:Most animals do not have expressive facial features because for most species it's advantageous for an

Do wild animals eat 3 meals a day like humans?

Usually, no. It also depends a lot on the type of animal.Herbivores might graze all day when they're not sleeping or running/hiding from predators. They do this because they need large amounts of plant matter to get enough sustenance. Also, digesting plant matter takes so long that, by the time the

Does a bear know when not to attack?

What guides like Russell Annabel and others have said about bears is that the bear doesn't know what it's going to do next.Listen to what the guides say-not what some digested twerp like that Treadway said about bears being nice and cuddly. Yep, I said digested.Bears can attack with blinding

Does my dog know he is a dog?

No.My dog never knew she was a dog. She always considered herself a Homo sapien, that too, the most sophisticated woman.She sat on the sofa like humans. With her back rested and forelimbs on the armrest.When guests would visit our home ,she would jump onto the sofa and greet them with a

Does the existence of animals who exhibit homosexual traits prove that homosexuality is natural?

Some animals do exhibit homosexual behavior, like penguins, dolphins, baboons, goats, chickens, salmon... the list is a lot longer. So we can certainly argue that some degree of homosexual behavior is inherent (or

Don't all animals like sex?

From what I can tell, most animals seem to enjoy it. However, some animals' mating rituals are complex and tiresome to the animal, and some animals just straight up refuse to get down in captivity but can't exist in the wild.Pandas, for example. Fuck pandas. Don't get me wrong, I sympathize. Their mating rituals are

Have you ever been attacked by a bear while you were hiking in the woods and why did the bear attack you? Was it hungry or defending it's territory?

No. I would never go into bear territory unprepared to defend myself against a bear.People who ask the question

Have you ever had a close up encounter with a polar bear? If so, what was it like?

I, personally, have never had a close-up encounter with a live polar bear. The closest I came is that one day when I was in grade school, there was a bear in town and we all had to stay inside after school.Polar bears are incredibly large. Like, it's hard to grasp just how big a full size

How are animals better than humans?

In certain Aspects - Animals will Definitely be Far Better Off than Humans -The Animals will have a much more Keener Sense of Smell like in Dogs, Ability to See Longer distances like in Kites, Eagles, Albatross, In Animals like Cats they will know how to Anticipate and Move quickly - Their Agility is incomparable with Humans -

How come most animals can understand commands from humans but can't speak?

Please see my answer on the topic of animal language: Kilo Victor's answer to What separates humans from other animals? We used to think it was using tools, being self-aware, language but now we know some animals do these things too.

How did the early humans protect themselves from wild animals?

This is too big and too serious question to answer properly in this format.Unfortunately, Charles Darwin did not pay proper attention to this important question, instead proposed that most human morphological and behavioral characteristics came from the pressure of sexual selection.Kortlandt wrote probably most on this subject. If you are seriously interested, see

How do animals treat gay animals?

I grew up on a farm. We had a few animals that turned out to be gay, notably Neil the Bull. There is no

How do cats see humans? Do they think we are just a big cat?

The strict answer is that we don't know. We can't look into the mind of a cat, let alone a sampling of a statistically significant number of cats.However, the big take-away I've always gotten from my interactions with cats is that they are very different. Some are just very affectionate by nature, and come right to people expecting

How do pets (dogs, cats) recognize they are being called by their owner? How is it that they know their name or that they have a name?

Dogs do not recognize or understand their name in the sense that we recognize our own name.  For dogs, a call name is nothing more than an auditory stimulus.  They learn to respond to this stimulus because such responding is often followed by positive reinforcement of some kind - not just food, but attention, initiation of preferred activities

How do we prove that animals are not self-aware?

There is no way to prove that a particular species is not self-aware.  The classic mirror self-recognition test (also known as the "mark test") can indicate that an animal is, indeed, self-aware.  It cannot, however, indicate that an animal lacks self-awareness.  It is only applicable

How do wild animals know what to eat without poisoning themselves?

We too know what to eat and what not to eat. Taste and smell. In general, most natural poisons are bitter. Mildly bitter things are mildly poisonous and can be good for you as they help your body develop antitoxins. Snake venom is extremely bitter.If a deer eats a poison berry,

How do wild animals learn from other animals?

There are many, many examples of this. Animals that live in packs (social animals) learn behaviour from other pack members. Some chimpanzees and bonobos use stone tools; as this only applies to a few groups, it is clearly learned behaviour.But my favourite is:Milk bottle-raiding birds pass on thieving ways to their flock

How humans are different from animals?

Basically we humans are also animals. We are just the most advanced creatures on the planet. I will try to put some points for the differentiation between animals and humans.We heve been gifted with high level of intelligence whereas animals are not.Our posture is vertical while it is horizontal in animals.Animals have accessory

How is human behavior different from animal behavior?

One word: Ego. Human behavior is very much driven by the conscious mind, or the ego (what I call the Lono.) This is the mind that over-rides the impulses sent to us by our sub-conscious mind, (what I call, "the Ku.")Animals, while they do feel things like

How often do most animals in the wild eat?

Most animals in the wild eat when there is an opportunity to do so. This has a greater meaning than most people think. Many animals are perpetually hungry because of the quantity and quality of the food.Big herbivores like deer and

Humans share a large amount of DNA with other animals, how well does studying their behaviors translate to usable information for understanding human behavior?

I don't think we know enough yet about which genes have any influence on behaviour. Behaviour is very complex, and arising from the entire organisms systems working together. We are only just beginning to discover which genes control the production of certain hormones or neurotransmitters, and those in turn would

If all animals suddenly gained human intelligence, which species would come on top in a world wide war for dominance?

A very good question and one which I remember being posed years ago: I think it was in BBC Science Magazine Focus.Anyhow the answer mentioned (and one which I believe in) is the answer to this question would be (drum

If you were being chased by a polar bear what would you do?

I would slide across the ice flow with the bear hot on my arse. As he came closer behind me I would feel his hot, skanky breath on the back of my neck. I would kick my ice skates off backwards. The blades would become lodged into his ribs on either

In human behavior and animal behavior (disregard science definition), who cares more for their babies?

Depends a great deal on the species. Some animals simply lay eggs in a decent spot and leave. Some guard the eggs till the little guys hatch, and then abandon them.Some (like most birds) continue to care for and feed the hatchlings until they are able to fly.Most mammals

In your opinion, are cats or dogs better? Why?

It really depends on your lifestyle, what you value in a pet, your time commitment, etc....  Some people decide to get both.  Here are some things to think about.  (I'm not a big cat person, so I may have some cat facts wrong).Advantages of

Is a polar bear bigger than a grizzly bear?

Polar bears are generally bigger than grizzly bears. A full grown male polar bear weighs around 350–700 kg (772–1,543 lb), while a female is about half that size.Grizzly bears weigh about 270 kilograms (600 lb) in the interior and 400 kilograms (900 lb) on the

Is exclusive homosexuality common within other species?

Apparently so:  Roy and Silo  Sheep, too, apparently:  "One species in which exclusive homosexual orientation occurs, however, is that of domesticated sheep (Ovis aries).[9][10] "About 10% of rams (males) refuse to mate with ewes (females) but do readily mate with other rams."[10]"  (~wikipedia)

Is it likely that animals also experience mental illnesses?

Yes. There's a lot less information about mental illness in animals than in humans but one of the first examples that comes to mind is Harlow's Monkeys.If you're unfamiliar with the experiment, basically Harry Harlow took baby rhesus monkeys at birth and stuck them in an enclosure, alone, with two artificial

Is it okay to feed wild animals?

It depends on the kind of animal but is mostly a bad idea. Putting out a bird feeder is recommended as beneficial by organizations such as Audubon Society ( This does no harm other than maybe attracting

Is there any difference between humans and animals nowadays?

It depends on the circumstances like for example- in knowledge and implementing we have to say humans are growing enormously well, but also we have to consider the dark side terrorism, terrorists are more ferocious than are premium animals which include lions, tigers and cheetas and targets

Is there anything wrong with loving animals better than people?

I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with it. Animals are less complicated than people, more honest. My cat will never lie to me (unless putting on a spurious air of innocence when I catch her doing something she knows damn

My friend who is a self-professed dog trainer states that giving a dog treats for obeying a command during training is bribery and counter productive. Isn't a reward the best way to reinforce obedience in a dog?

I learned to train my dog under the supervision of a veterinarian who had specialized in animal behavior and held weekend seminars attended by professional animal trainers from all over Germany. She has published many books on animal training. (I have even translated some of them).One of the

Should animals be able to talk?

They do just not in our language.Every morning you wake up and hear the birds singing, they are talking to each other you just don't know what they are saying.When your pet meows or barks at you it's trying to talk to you, but they only know a

Should human beings domesticate almost all the wild animals?

Ever thought of this: Could it be that we did not domesticate the animals you mentioned, but that they domesticated us?It takes two to tango.Your suggestion to domesticate everything else tells me that you are convinced humanity has more abilities than other mammals wile infact we are the

There are many wild animals. Do you know how they know what to eat and what not to eat?

Animals start off their lives within their protective family groups in the wild and are totally dependent on their parents to teach them and they learn by watching their parents behaviour and their eating habits .It it weren't for hanging out with their experienced parents babies will

To what extent are animals, other than humans, self-aware?

The level of awareness is directly proportional to the complexity of the being. While at the same time, the level of complexity may not be in the areas we deem relevant or worthy of distinction.

What animals are not suitable as pets?

The worst pets are, in fact, that bring harm to human lives and also those that find it difficult to adapt to the city life.Except for a Fennec fox or the trained Siberian Fox, red foxes are erratic by nature.American alligator or crocodiles make worst pets

What animals, besides humans, exercise recreationally for personal benefit?

Pretty much any mammalian predator, mind you they don't exercise the same way we do.For example; bear cubs, lion cubs, wolf pups, dogs, and cats routinely play fight with one another. This allows them to hone/maintain their skills as well as build muscle mass

What animals can speak excluding humans?

Generally speaking, among non-human animals only birds are able to sound human words clearly. Other animals just don't have the right-shaped mouth, tongue and vocal cords.. We had a cat who very definitely said

What animals can talk and why?

Mostly birds; their throat muscles and membranes allow them to mimic a wide variety of sounds. Sometimes it is just because its a sound they like (hence why once a parrot learns a word, you can't necessarily make it stop saying it), although many birds, like parrots, are known for actually understanding the words that they

Which animals don't ever sleep?

I think it's fair to say that many animals don't sleep in the sense that we're used to. When humans sleep, our inactivity gives our body to undertake tasks we can't do when awake. Some scientists, like David Raizen, believe a main purpose of sleep is

What animals eat their own babies?

Under certain difficult circumstances, a mother bear will eat her cubs. This was covered in a fascinating article by The National Geographic (LINK): "It can seem unnatural," Barthel says, "but there are reasons. They might sound cold to us, but they're simple-and they

What animals kill their own young when the young don't seem fit to survive?

I covered this on another Quora answer, and will copy the relevant parts here. My answer is non-exhaustive. For more examples, see the original thread, where many posters have contributed (What animals eat their own babies?). An excerpt from The National Geographic (LINK): Indeed, mother bears, felines, canids, primates, and many species

What are some really cool ways animals defend themselves?

There's a lot of bizarre creatures on this planet, most of which have developed some sort of defense mechanism that's equally unusual.I've compiled a list of what I think the top 12, wildest wild animal defense mechanisms are.EDIT: Please be patient with the GIFs if you're interested in them. They may take a while to

What are the characteristics an animal requires to evolve intelligence?

Biological evolution is a structural experiment of trial and error game that is played by the selfish (gene) DNA so that it can survive in the given environment and ecological conditions. It is random, very very slow, since the phenotypic changes has to happen with the changes at the gene level

What do bears eat?

It's common knowledge that bears are omnivores and eat both plants and meat but are they truly the powerful predators they are portrayed to be? You see a bear's diet depends on the season. Looking at an examination of bears from Yellowstone I will give you

What do humans do that are similar to wild animals?

I read the other answers, and I think you should put them together and make one answer of them.Ok my turn. People are evolved from animals. And so have a lot of common traits. ie the brain. Similar brains give rise to similar behavior. Do to space and my

What do wild animals do when they're sick, to heal themselves?

Various animals handle being sick in all kinds of ways depending on what is making them sick.  One thing most of them have in common is to rest/sleep but they all do what they have to do to increase their chances of survival.  Dogs

What is one of the things that humans do that animals don't?

Play video games?My babiesMannimalsThey eat sleep fight play , and sleep more .Then when I let them run around the bathroom with the door closedThey run hide and stick under the furnitureThen slowly come out and explore aroundAlways the same routineWhilst I :ReadWatch MoviesRead againPlay

What is the difference between Human and animal? Is human a animal or animal is human?

Humans are supposed to be higher version of animals. Or you can say humans are highest form of living being.This is because humans are born with four powers, self awareness, imagination, conscience and independent will.We are aware of our emotions and can control them.We

What is the difference between humans and other animals?

you can answer this in so many ways:some may answer

What is the Major difference between Human & Animals?

A2A.Major differences between human and animals:-A human is more intelligent than any other animal.Humans have evolved such that they lack a post - anal tail, while all other chordates have post - anal tails. In humans, the tail is just a shortened bone and is known as

What makes an animal a pet?

What makes an animal a pet?There are funny tumblr posts, TV show lines, etc that get made into what in fandom is called

What makes us different from animals?

Your question is: What makes us humans different from animals?To preempt those who will (correctly) point out that humans are animals, I propose a more appropriate question: What makes humans different from all other animals known to us?The answer is, many things, far more than I can possibly

What separates humans from animals? Why are we so different from them?

All animals are different! The particular features that characterize we snoutless apes are attributable to the unique technological niche which we occupy. Here's how it came about:You may be surprised to learn that our own most significant adaptations happen to

What separates humans from non-human animals?

Many members of the species Homo sapiens delusionally and falsely believed/believes/will believe (often enforced by theistic/religious beliefs) that our species is the

What single animal had killed the most humans?

You might be tempted to say other humans. We certainly kill each other like there's no tomorrow, right?Well, you'd be wrong.How about wild animals, sharks or snakes? They're certainly scary. If you stop think

What wild animal kills the most people?

I would have disagree with Nick Nicholas' answer. Although flying insects like the mosquito and Tsetse fly play a essentially important part in causing disease, they do not cause the disease themselves. They are the zoonotic vector - carrying microbial disease itself - most often viruses (malaria, yellow fever, dengue, small pox), protozoan (African