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Who we are

The importance of knowing where your animal behavior information comes from cannot be understated. The experience here at Avian Behavior Lab comes from years as a professional behavior consultant for zoos and companion animal owners around the world, managing a training organization, and living with and training animals just like you.


Avian Behavior Lab is dedicated to online learning based on our work at our training center at Avian Behavior International in gorgeous San Diego county, California. Founded by Hillary Hankey as a way to connect people with animals through progressive training skills, Hillary wanted ABI to an incubator for ideas and a safe place for creativity in training to be fostered.

Hillary’s vision with Avian Behavior Lab is to create a community where parrot lovers, animal professionals, and behavior nerds can build their skills and find the best information to answer some of the most troubling problems. The Lab offers fast, sustainable solutions for complex issues that face parrot owners with biting birds, animal trainers that want to train their ambassadors husbandry behaviors in addition to their interpretive behaviors, and helps solve animal behavior problems large and small.

Our team brings you experience, wisdom, mentorship, enthusiasm, and creativity that you won’t find just in any old Facebook group. We know you are busy. We know you need results. And we know how to get you there. Time is a non-renewable resource. No need to waste it trying to filter out the social nonsense.

Check out what what everyone is raving out in our testimonials!

A membership is a fantastic way to level up your animal care game

Here’s WHAT YOU get…

Live Feeds

Join our live streaming web classes on parrot screaming, raptor hooding, introducing new birds, stationing, building independence, and office hours for Q&A’s and in-depth explorations.


Learn how to rewire your brain for a positive reinforcement based mindset to conquer any animal behavior problem.

Learn from each other

A supportive community that has insights with everything from feather plucking to owl training


Get specialized! Interested in owl training specifically? Watch how we train an owl start to finish and other masterclass topics

Tons of bonuses

Conversations with other experts, daily training videos, book reviews, discounted private consultations, case studies, a private forum, and lots and lots of animal inspo for you to maximize your time.

Just birds?

It’s true, we are bird trainers, and we focus on birds of all kinds. We also train dogs, farm animals, cats, and many other critters!

Is this for me?

As an animal lover, do any of these sound like you in your search for behavior solutions:

  • I have a new bird and I don’t even know where to begin.
  • My bird lunges at my face or my significant other and it causes tension in the house
  • I want to understand how to train birds of prey with progressive weight management techniques.
  • Every time I post in the Facebook groups, I get dozens of conflicting suggestions.
  • I want a relationship with my bird that works and the biting and screaming to stop.
  • I want to get our turkey vulture on programs, but we don’t have a lot of time or money

Are you ready to elevate your life with positive reinforcement and get the relationship with animals you envision?

Have you asked for behavior advice for your parrot and just can’t get anything to work? The professional training and consulting experience behind Avian Behavior Lab has proven results to provide sustainable solutions for challenging behavior problems and intricate training programs. How do you know which membership level is best for you? Don’t fret, my pet. Keep reading, we’ve got you covered!

Sink your talons in.

You’re ready for this.  You’ve been waiting your entire life.

Basic Membership



Companion Animal Behavior and Training

  • Free courses on screaming, multiple birds, harness training, reducing biting, how to work with nervous birds, and much more!
  • Private Facebook group to share videos, ideas and develop a strong support group
  • Monthly web classes on behavior, enrichment, and training especially for the parrot lover in mind
  • Forum with a video library and behavior and training discussions on companion parrots and domestic animals
  • 25% Discounts for Masterclasses and private behavior consultations

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Premium Membership



For advanced and professional animal trainers

  • Includes basic membership and dives deeper into birds of prey, corvids, toucans, hornbills, vultures, and more!
  • Force free veterinary, husbandry, and flight based courses
  • How to be a Badass Animal Trainer Community
  • Web classes on advanced topics each month
  • Forum with a video library and behavior and training discussions
  • 35% Discounts on Masterclasses and private behavior consultations
  • 20% Discount on live workshops

Save on an Annual Membership at only $270 

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Facility Membership



For advanced and professional animal trainers

Get multiple team members on board with one single account!

Includes all the perks of a Premium Membership

  • Great for zoos, wildlife rehabilitation organizations, parrot rescue and rehoming centers, parrot aviaries, nature centers, and other conservation education centers
  • Incredible deal with incredible education opportunities
  • Wonderful avenue for team building and cohesion








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What kind of courses do you have?

We add courses each month! They include how to handle parrots on shoulders, working with multiple animals, station training, reducing and preventing bates, how to train your bird of prey to hood, ambassador vulture training, harness training your parrot, working with nervous parrots, hormonal parrots, screaming parrots, and so much more!

Do you have courses I can purchase?

We are regularly adding to our course library, but at this moment, we have courses available only to our members included in their membership. The Masterclasses can be purchased separately

Is a consultant available for a private session?

Members will have access to discounted private consultations.

Do you only train birds?

We specialize in training birds, as it alludes to in the name Avian Behavior. However, we also have mammals and reptiles on the ranch, and we have consulted and worked with many mammalian species professionally.

How often do you update the material?

We are constantly adding new courses, webinars and web classes,  and the membership material is a steady flow of new content. The forum is an incredible community where members can submit media and we will be regularly uploading our training sessions and academic breakdown.

How do I cancel my membership?

We have full set of terms and conditions. There is a 30-day Money Back guarantee for annual members and masterclass students, and a monthly members can terminate their membership, and the membership will end in the month they canceled.

Are Masterclasses included in the membership?

Masterclasses can be purchased separately or by members at a discount. They are not included in the membership.

Which membership is best for training farm animals?

For basic training and beginner fundamentals, the basic membership would work great. If you are more skilled and are looking for more advanced behaviors for your farm animals, like working with multiple animals at once, and so much more, the premium membership would work best.

Can I submit my own videos?

Yes! Our community forum is top of the line, and members can submit their own videos for feedback and discussion of behavior topics.

I have budgies, cockatiels, and conures. Which is the best membership for me?

Our Basic Membership focuses on parrot behavior solutions, training, and care. We have many members with smaller birds that contribute regularly and get feedback. We also have a Cockatiel Program in the forums that goes into great depth on our foster cockatiels, and we regularly train our budgies.

If you are looking for community, feedback, advice, and support for your birds, that is a great place to start. For more in-depth behavior advice and bigger discounts on our suite of services, the Premium Membership has much to offer for all.