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Initial Observation of Human-Bird VocalInteractions in a Zoological Setting

By Rébecca Kleinberger, Janet Baker, Gabriel Miller

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Vocal interactions between humans and non-human animals are pervasive, but studies are often limitedto communication within species. Here, we conducted a pilot exploration of vocal interactions betweenvisitors to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Sampson, an 18-year-old male Hyacinth Macaw residingnear the entrance. Over the course of one hour, 82 vocal and behavioral events were recorded, andvarious relationships between human and bird behavior were noted. Analyses of this type, applied tolarge datasets with assistance from artificial intelligence, could be used to better understand the impacts,positive or negative, of human visitors on animals in managed care.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Pages 3
Conference Title Proceedings of VIHAR 2019: the 2nd International Workshop on Vocal Interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots
Language English
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Birds
  3. Human-animal interactions
  4. open access
  5. vocalizations
  6. Zoo and captive wild animals
  7. Zoos
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