An Ear for Music
I've noticed that whenever I put on nice music or play it on the piano, (by nice I mean not thrashing heavy metal) my budgie shifts his head to the side and narrows his eyes in a relaxed way, even singing to it and looking very much at peace. He'll fluff up and almost fall asleep. Just today, my friend had her degu over. "Degu" as we call her, seeing as no other name represents her well enough, just sat there, looking incredibly relaxed as we played a duet of a song that we've played many times for her. "Clocks", by Cold Play. Very soft and nice song. My bird was chirping in the background as the degu was nearly put asleep as we played. When we stopped playing to study the animals, they both went back to their own business. However, when we began playing again, the bird went back to chirping softly and cooing as if to a mate, and looking very relaxed. The degu's ears perked up and she also looked incredibly calm and at peace. I could just stroke her under the chin and she'd nearly fall asleep... Some people say animals can't understand or react to music, and that they'll just be afraid. But the degu, a very intelligent animal, was reacting as a human might. Also some people say birds just sing to warn other birds that they're on their territory. But have you ever noticed that most of the time, birds are very at peace with one another? I think they sing for enjoyment, personally.
What do you think? What are your experiences?