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If you are into animal behavior and positive reinforcement training, you're in the right spot. World renown animal behavior consultant, falconer, and educator Hillary Hankey dives deep with conversations and case studies on parrots, birds of prey as well as horses, dogs and all kinds of animals on topics of behavior as well as nutrition, ethology, and problem solving.
 
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What is a husbandry behavior and why train it? I think of it as the difference between fighting with your cohabitants over little behaviors and coming to an agreement over mutually beneficial behaviors. These behaviors are important whether we are talking to companion parrot lovers or professional animal caregivers. What's on your list of top five?…
 
The concept of leaving your parrot flighted or clipping its wings is a huge topic with much debate. There are many opinions going both ways based on health, safety, welfare, and psychological benefits. It shouldn’t be any surprise that here at Avian Behavior International, we are very much pro-flight when it comes to all birds. But our ethos is tha…
 
In this far ranging conversation with Paige Davis, curator of bird training from World Bird Sanctuary, we talk about many aspects of training birds of prey, as well as training in general. We touch back upon weight management, as well as going into our mutual love of falconry. We also go into social media, why the Avian Behavior Lab began, and what…
 
In part 2, we take on a few of the prevailing ideas in raptor training that either defy science or are contradictory. From early relationship building to raptor housing, let's take a look at how nuance is lost and we open the door for uninformed, outside criticism when we take an always or never approach to raptor training.…
 
Why is that owl grumpy? Anthropomorphism means assigning human qualities to non human things, such as animals and even our computers. We do it all of the time. Where it becomes important to assess is how it influences our relationship with animals in our homes, conservation measures, and even environmental policy. We go broad, talking about our dog…
 
Losing an animal can be a horrific experience, and a lot of research has gone into understanding the human-animal connection as well as how we grieve over animal loss. In this episode, we speak frankly about death and loss. We also broaden the lens to look at how understanding emotional pain can help us be better in our professional, personal, and …
 
Behavior management techniques are not all created equal. Some methods may look like they are working, but either have to be used over and over again or actually contribute to larger problems down the road. How do we know if behavior advice that we receive from other animal trainers, social media forums, and even veterinarians will help or hurt our…
 
Owl conservation ambassadors can make a huge impact on an audience for wildlife educators. As iconic and instantly recognizable, they foster important connections with the natural world that have been ingrained in human culture for centuries. However, there are many reasons why an owl is a challenging training prospect and takes experience and keen…
 
From our Companion and Ambassador Parrot Webinar series at the beginning of the Coronavirus stay at home mandates, we hosted a 4 webinar series for parrots addressing a variety of topics. These questions stemmed directly from that, honing in on how to get through disruptions on routine. However, we also worked through some very serious issues of bi…
 
A discussion about bird training and operant conditioning, raising owls, and our zoo free flight program ethos, this is from our raptor workshop that goes beyond just raptor training and behavior. It's a wonderfully deep dive and powerful conversation for animal trainers and caregivers.By Avian Behavior International
 
Aggressive behavior in parrots looks like different things to each of us. While different terms like dominant, bold, or territorial are often used as explanatory variables, none of these describe in precise terms what the behavior actually is or under what conditions it occurs. Understanding this foundation is an important step to working through s…
 
This Q&A tackles sensitive and challenging subjects: progressive weight management principles and working with birds with problem histories. It is part of larger conversation and is by no means all inclusive. The information in this podcast may not be suitable for all situations and is meant to be used in conjunction with tailored, individual help.…
 
Bonus Content! We discuss many variables that go into a serious decision about whether or not to add another parrot to your flock and how we can know whether the birds will get along. There are many things that we can take into account as to how the decision will impact our household long term.By Avian Behavior International
 
This episode is inspired by a profound discussion from our Raptor Workshop earlier this year. We discuss some of the benefits and challenges of the different species with respect to hand raising versus parent raising, what it means to imprint and what it means to let grow up, how to ask the right questions, and what you can do if you aren't sure if…
 
In this powerful interview with animal training and beahvior expert Barbara Heidenreich, we talk about the qualities that make for animal training expertise, how animal keepers and companion parrot people can seek out and evaluate the best advice for animals in their care, and how to keep growing and evolving in one's quester animal behavior enligh…
 
Parrot screaming is an incredibly disruptive behavior for everyone. By looking at just one aspect of this couple problem, we can relieve some of the stress around this challenge and provide important skills for our companions to succeed. Check out the show notes for our free download and more resources.…
 
In the second episode of our podcasts on motivation, we look at how different factors in the environment and the way we train our birds of prey in education programs and falconry can impact motivation before we ever consider factors like managing diet.By Avian Behavior International
 
What is motivation and how does it impact our relationships with our companion parrots? Do we want our birds to be robots, bending to our whims and wills in order to keep from getting bitten or yelled at all ay? We can have it all, and it takes understanding how to effectively communicate and harness the power of motivation to help our birds engage…
 
Larue the crested caracara has taught us a lot of things, we wanted to zoom in the focus on three things here that are not only common issues as trainers, but are relatable no matter if you are working with a caracara, a hornbill, or a companion parrot. Caracaras are intelligent like parrots and corvids, social, enjoy walks like hornbills, vultures…
 
Long time cockatoo expert and aviculturist Katy McElroy talks about what creates the best foundation for a resilient parrot and the unique ways she was inspired to tackle some interesting challenges. In between the lines of our conversation are the ways that we can look to each other, no matter how different we are to help animals. From wild birds …
 
Veterinarian and creator of the Grey Anatomy Project and the Captive Foraging DVD Dr. Scott Echols discusses avian nutrition and some common behavioral and physiological issues seen in companion parrots with improper diet. We discuss how we can combat these common challenges in our homes for longer, healthier lives with our birds.…
 
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