Bird on the beat: Simon the cockatoo shows off his dance moves for beatboxing vet

  • Simon the Goffin cockatoo lives at Dwayne Caton's vet clinic in Brooklyn, NYC
  • The 30-year-old bird used to pluck his own feathers because he was stressed 
  • However, Simon enjoys  bonding with Mr Caton during the impromptu sessionsA beatboxing Brooklyn vet has discovered his hobby is the perfect way to relax a stressed-out pet cockatoo.

    Dwayne Caton filmed himself doing a beatbox routine as Simon the Goffin’s cockatoo bopped about on his arm.

    The hilarious footage shows the 30-year-old bird dancing and squawking while his owner demonstrates his verbal percussion skills.   

Simon moved his way up and down Mr Caton\'s hand while dancing to his beatbox
Simon moved his way up and down Mr Caton\'s hand while dancing to his beatbox

Simon moved his way up and down Mr Caton's hand while dancing and screeching to the beat

Simon had come to the vet's clinic having started pulling out its own feathers.  

Captive birds will pluck their own feathers due to boredom, loneliness, lack of exercise or even sexual frustration, say experts. But dancing with Mr Caton seems to have a positive effect on the bird. As the beat is struck, the cockatoo began rocking his head and moving side-to-side along his arm. 

During the minute-long video, Simon squawks enthusiastically while throwing his head around during the the dramatic performance.   

Mr Caton said: 'Simon is a 30-year-old Goffin's cockatoo. He is a former feather plucker who currently lives at my veterinary clinic. 

'Part of our bonding time includes me beatboxing for him.'

Goffin's cockatoos are among the smaller cockatoos, reaching an average size of 12 inches, and can live up to 40 years.]#

They need as much daily socialisation as possible for their emotional health, say pet experts, and are intelligent and vocal. 

This footage was filmed on February 9, and has been shared widely.

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