Top 10 Animals with the Best MusicalityA list about animals that can sing or at least respond adequately to music (to rhythm and melody), including dancing and headbanging. Most animals cannot respond to rhythm but some can keep a beat. The most prominent group of singers is that of the songbirds but this list isn't limited to them.
There are two types of animals on this list:
- animals with natural musicality
- animals trained to respond to music
Best birds in my opinion.
Although its name explains itself, I have to add that it's an amazing singer because:
1) it can sing two different notes at once!
2) it can also sing rising AND falling notes simultaneously!
3) its song ends with one of the most complex sounds a bird can create.
The male produces complex songs with structures that are strikingly similar to our own, consisting of looping sequences of "melodies" and repeating "end phrases" akin to the rhymes in song lyrics.
Yay! I like canaries!
They can dance. A cockatoo called Snowball was shown to be an able dancer. Snowball was bopping along to pop songs. The first study on Snowball was published in 2008.
Snowball (TM) - Another One Bites The Dust
Snowball (TM) - Our Dancing Cockatoo
They respond to rhythm! A California female sea lion, Ronan, was trained to match her head movements to complex rhythms of music. Headbanging, baby! Her favorite song is Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire.
YT video: Beat Keeping in a California Sea Lion (Ronan)
They can switch sides of their syrinx so they sweep through more notes than are on a piano keyboard in just a second.
Mozart kept a starling as a pet and according to his journals, he even taught the bird to sing the opening theme of one of his piano concertos.
Also, Mozart transcribed a tune from one of his starling's songs! (so the notes of his starling's song are available).
It creates impressive flutelike vocal effects by pitch sweeps and mini-trills.
Oooh, I've heard and seen them before. Their song is very pretty for such a plain looking bird.
The lyrebird is the songbird with the most complex syrinx. It sings its own song elements, perfectly sings the songs of other birds, imitates the sounds of mammals and even artificial sounds. Extraordinary.
Humans are technically animals, but not all of them have the ability to sing good I think. They're also not exactly wild animals as you can read in the bio.
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They are singers. What's interesting about them is that they sing in regional dialects! (their songs have significant regional variations).
It really looks like it can sing on the pic.
A singer known for the large repertoire - over 1,000 song types!
They are decent singers (I've watched some videos - very cute, very funny).
YT video: Cockatiel sings "If Your Happy & You Know it" and talks
I didn't add this. Can the person who added it tell something about goat's musicality?