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Do Parakeets prefer instrumental or vocal songs?

Grade 6 Science Fair Project
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Aydan Wiechmann

on 28 January 2016

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Instrumental or Vocal? Which song version do parakeets prefer? Grade 6 Science- Mrs. Stambaugh My topic will explore whether my parakeet has a preference on the music it listens to. Aydan Wiechmann
Grade 6
Mrs. Stambaugh Do parakeets prefer songs that are purely instrumental or do they prefer songs that include vocals? Aydan Wiechmann
Homeroom- Mrs. Grigsby My topic will explore whether my parakeet has a preference on the music it listens to. Do parakeets prefer songs that are purely
instrumental or do they prefer songs that include vocals?
The purpose of my experiment is to determine which type of music my parakeet prefers.


I'm trying to determine if my parakeet prefers instrumental music or songs with vocals.


The results from my experiment could help other parakeet enthusiasts to provide better entertainment for their pets. Purpose My hypothesis is that if given a choice, my parakeet will prefer to listen to the instrumental versions of the songs.


My background research has shown that most parakeets enjoy music. I think that parakeets have a stronger positive reaction to the beat of the music and not the vocals. Hypothesis Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith,Understanding Bird Body Language: What Your Parrot or Your Other Bird is Trying to Tell You,Foster and Smith Inc, http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm, 11/25/12



I learned that the vocalization of parakeets, such as singing or whistling, means that they are happy. I also learned that certain postures, wing placing, and other behaviors can also indicate contentment in my parakeet. Background Research Shea,Lisa,Parakeet Sounds and Vocalizations,
Minerva WebWorks LLC,
http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/articles/bird_sounds.html,11/25/12

I learned some of the different vocalizations that are used by parakeets. These sounds can mean that the bird is happy, angry, agitated, or even afraid. Learning the difference in these sounds
will help me determine whether my parakeet is content,relaxed, and enjoying the music or if it is agitated and dislikes the music. Background Research Nieman,Hildegard,Budgerigars,2008,Hauppage,New York,Barron's Educational Series, Inc, pages 32-36

I learned that parakeets are very sensitive and communicate their moods in many ways. A happy and relaxed parakeet is more likely to interact with its owners. Background Research Birmelin,Immanuel,Budgerigars,1998,Hauppage,New York, Barron's
Educational Series,Inc, pages 44-49
I learned more about parakeets' behavior in flocks and in their daily life. They make many distinctive calls that help them communicate.
Parakeets can also show several different aggressive behaviors when they are unhappy. Background Research Alexa, Common Parakeet Behaviors, The Parakeet Place,
http://theparakeetplace.piczo.com/commonparakeetbehaviors,
11/25/12

I learned more about common parakeet behavior and posture.
A happy parakeet is also a destructive parakeet. A happy parakeet
may show its joy by destroying toys,cage lining, and any other items
within reach. Background Research The variables in my experiment are:
The constants in my experiment are the length of time that the music is played each day, and the five songs chosen.

My dependent variable is my parakeet, Nim.

The independent variables would be the format
of the five chosen songs (instrumental or with vocals included). Experimental Design The materials used in my project:
Parakeet CD with instrumental versions
Pencil CD with vocal versions
Notebook CD Player
Clock Computer Materials This is Nim 1.I researched different songs that could be chosen. I chose songs that were upbeat with a quick tempo and that had an easily obtained instrumental version.

2.With my mom's permission, I purchased and downloaded the songs that I needed and transferred them to two separate CDs.
3.To control the environment of my experiment, I moved my bird cage into my room where it is quiet and would not have other variables such as television or additional people to affect the outcome.

4. During Week 1, I played the instrumental versions of the songs from 9 am until 5 pm and noted my parakeet's reactions and behavior. Procedure 5. During Week 2, I played the vocal CD from 9 am until 5 pm.
I noted any noticeable reactions and behaviors that were
shown by my parakeet.

6. During Week 3, I played the instrumental CD again from 9 am until 5 pm. I made note of any changes in my parakeet's
behavior.

7. During the final week of the experiment, I played the vocal versions again from 9am until 5 pm. I noted my observations regarding my parakeet's behavior during the experiment.

8. After the testing portion of my experiment was complete, I recorded my observations in a table.

9. I then used the data table to evaluate my results and
determine if my hypothesis is correct. Procedure Instrumental VS Vocal
1. The Versionarys.”Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.Purely Instrumental 80's No.1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin,2010. CD

2.The Versionarys.”Ghostbusters”.Purely Instrumental 80's
No.1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin,2010. CD

3.The Versionarys. “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Purely
Instrumental 80's No.1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin, 2010. CD

4. The Versionarys. “The Look”. Purely Instrumental 80's No.
1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin, 2010. CD

5. Karaoke Superstars. “I Want Candy”. '70s & '80s Hits
Instrumentals. Big Eye Music,2010. CD 1. Bow Wow Wow. “I Want Candy”. I Want Candy (Re-Recorded
Versions). Cleopatra Records,2007. EP

2. Queen. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Queen Greatest
Hits. Hollywood Records,Inc. ,1992. CD

3. Parker, Ray Jr. “Ghostbusters”.Rockin' 80's.
BMG Music,1997. CD

4. Astley, Rick. “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The Greatest
Hits. BMG Heritage,2002. CD

5. Roxette. “The Look”. Look Sharp! (Deluxe Version).
EMI Music Sweden AB, 2009. CD Vocal Songs: Instrumental Songs: X axis equals the strength of the parakeet's reaction to the music
Y axis equals the day that the music was played Data Analysis As a result of my experiment, I learned that parakeets prefer music that
includes vocal sounds.

During my experiment, I found that parakeets really enjoy musical sounds
of all kinds. However, the results of my experiment found that parakeets tend to have a more noticeable reaction to music that features vocal sounds. While my parakeet visibly enjoyed the instrumental versions, it
chattered,bobbed its head, and displayed other classic examples of happy bird body language during the vocal versions.

The purpose of my experiment was to determine whether parakeets prefer music that was all instrumental or if they prefer music that featured vocals. My results found that my parakeet preferred music that
contained vocals. Results My results found that my parakeet prefers music that features vocals.

My results did not support my hypothesis. In fact, my results concluded
the exact opposite of my original hypothesis. My prediction was that my
parakeet would prefer songs that only included instrumental sounds.
My hypothesis was incorrect.

My background research found that parakeets really enjoy all types of music. I was unable to find any documentation that they preferred either vocal or instrumental styles. My research showed me how to
judge whether my parakeet was happy and enthusiastic or whether it
was bored and not enjoying the music choices. Most of my background
research was done on parakeet personality and body language. Conclusions A happy Nim My results could be explained by the belief that parakeets prefer the vocal versions because they are a form of human interaction. Parakeets are very social birds and bond intensely with their owners.

The sound of human voices could possibly make the bird feel more content and secure and thus, happier.

To improve this experiment,I would increase the number of birds participating in the tests. A higher number of test subjects would give us more accurate results. It is quite possible that only my parakeet prefers songs that feature vocals. With more participants, I'd have a
better idea of general parakeet preferences.

Many further studies could come from this experiment. Genre preferences, male or female vocal preferences, or even tempo preferences could all be possibilities. Results from parakeet preferences could also be compared to other pet birds. Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith,Understanding Bird Body Language: What Your Parrot or Your Other Bird is Trying to Tell You,Foster and Smith Inc, http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm, 11/25/12
Shea,Lisa,Parakeet Sounds and Vocalizations,Minerva WebWorks LLC,
http://www.lisashea.com/petinfo/articles/bird_sounds.html,11/25/12
Nieman,Hildegard,Budgerigars,2008,Hauppage,New York,Barron's Educational Series, Inc, pages 32-36
Birmelin,Immanuel,Budgerigars,1998,Hauppage,New York, Barron's
Educational Series,Inc, pages 44-49
Alexa, Common Parakeet Behaviors, The Parakeet Place,
http://theparakeetplace.piczo.com/commonparakeetbehaviors,
11/25/12 Bibliography Instrumental Songs:
1. The Versionarys.”Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.Purely Instrumental 80's No.1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin,2010. CD
2.The Versionarys.”Ghostbusters”.Purely Instrumental 80's
No.1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin,2010. CD
3.The Versionarys. “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Purely
Instrumental 80's No.1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin, 2010. CD
4. The Versionarys. “The Look”. Purely Instrumental 80's No.
1 Hits Vol 4. R.B. Puddin, 2010. CD
5. Karaoke Superstars. “I Want Candy”. '70s & '80s Hits
Instrumentals. Big Eye Music,2010. CD Vocal versions:
1. Bow Wow Wow. “I Want Candy”. I Want Candy (Re-Recorded
Versions). Cleopatra Records,2007. EP
2. Queen. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Queen Greatest
Hits. Hollywood Records,Inc. ,1992. CD
3. Parker, Ray Jr. “Ghostbusters”.Rockin' 80's.
BMG Music,1997. CD
4. Astley, Rick. “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The Greatest
Hits. BMG Heritage,2002. CD
5. Roxette. “The Look”. Look Sharp! (Deluxe Version).
EMI Music Sweden AB, 2009. CD
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