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A Human Factors Approach to Non-Human Computer Interaction
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Why My Parrot Needs a Keyboard of His Own

John Fulton
March 15, 2003
Franklin University
Masters Degree in Computer Science
Capstone Presentation


How did I get started with this project?

Congo Aftrican Grey Parrot
Mithrander, our five-year-old Congo African
Grey parrot
(Psittacus erithacus)

What you have to understand is that my wife and I have parrots. We also have kids and dogs and cats, but we have parrots.

Parrots are clever, demanding pets that need stimulation.

We may only realize how smart they are because of their ability to communicate, but because of thisr verbal ability, we know they can count to 5, identify shapes and colors, and identify different types of food.


Another measure of their intelligence is their tendency to become bored and even exhibit self-destructive behavior if they are not provided appropriate stimulation.

Judith's Lucy, showing plucked back
The result of plucking behavior in a Scarlet Macaw
©Judith Archer, used by permission

Consequently, a great deal of time, effort, and funds are expended on bird toys.

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