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So, you think you can drum?

Postby drtom » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:30 am

You ain't seen nothin' yet. Check out this technique:


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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby djembefeeling » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:38 am

I know that guy! It's Donald -
with such small hands and so big a mouth
he's got to drum up for the racist south!
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby drtom » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:40 pm

djembefeeling wrote:I know that guy! It's Donald -


Well, it hadn't occurred to me, but now that you've mentioned it, those hands do look oddly familiar. :giggle:
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby batadunbata » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:58 pm

Thanks DrTom, I love videos showing animals doing things we assume only humans do, much appreciated. Especially music and rhythm, which serves no obvious practical sense on it's own.
Cats playing piano, dogs singing along with guitar, etc.

I also like stories of animal compassion, like the seal that rescued a guy who had jumped off the Golden Gate bridge (it pushed him upward from below, and he freaked out, thinking it was a shark). There's also video of a hippo rescuing a baby impala from a crocodile on youtube, after dragging it to shore, the hippo tries to lift its head up (prevent drowing?) and hangs around singing to it.
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby drtom » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:29 am

It's just so obvious to me that this little bird thoroughly loves drumming. Gives me such kick I had to share it.
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby djembefeeling » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:01 am

They just recently shared a similar video on the website of my favorite newspaper.Scientists of the National University at Canberra in Australia had filmed 131 instances of drumming cockatoos. It's part of the male's courtship ritual:


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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby michi » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:53 am

Thanks for those links, that was fun to watch!

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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby drtom » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:18 pm

That's great DF! I research drumming in general (very informally when I have time) and have seen a few videos of birds (other critters as well) drumming in various ways, but I hadn't seen these.

Fascinating to watch them pick out and craft their mallets, even rejecting some if they don't quite do the trick.

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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby boromir76 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:30 am

Nice. When it comes to speed, no one can beat feathery metal drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNSxCLYKgys
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby djembefeeling » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:57 am

He is either a young gun from the ballets in the Ivory Coast or Anthony Scaramucci, drum up in no time and then fly.
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby batadunbata » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:36 pm

Wow, thanks Djembefeeling, that's amazing footage, I've never seen anything like it and I watch a lot of nature documentaries.

And thanks Boromir76, that's an amazing sound the woodpecker gets from the chimney, it's funny, but glad it's not my chimney!
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby boromir76 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:27 am

It is well known fact that parrots are one of the most inteligent birds on the planet, but I was surprised nonetheless to see cockatoos do the drumming with use of the leverage as do the humans: the stick. It is simply fascinating!

With woodpeckers however, I am fascinated with the mechanics. How the hell, do they do this very rapid bursts or "drum rolls" on the surface which is very rigid with a single beak...
I would speculate they use a kind of "finger push and pull stick technique" used with some very good kit drummers. They just use beaks and their head and neck muscles instead of fingers and stick I guess. :-) It can be seen in this demonstration for a few seconds at 2:09 in the video and resembles very much on woodpecker's "drum roll": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Zfdank3rI Quite impressive.
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Re: So, you think you can drum?

Postby drtom » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:15 pm

I get the impression that woodpecker is beating out a call. He beats then seems to check for a response.
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