Expert Animal Behavior advice, when you need it.

Many of us animal lovers are at different places in our journey with our companions.

  • Maybe we’ve brought our new parrot home and the honeymoon period is over, and we aren’t sure what to do next.
  • For some of us, our parrots’ screaming is destroying home life, but we can’t get our bird to stop, much less play with toys or even step up.
  • Others of us have had our budgies for years or a rehomed small parrot and desperately want to connect but have no idea where to start.
  • Some animal lovers have heard about positive reinforcement but aren’t sure what that means or what we are doing wrong.
  • And still others have worked with animals for years and dealt with challenges, consulted videos and other professionals, read forum advice, and are still just as confused and frustrated as when we started.

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REad on for all the Animal behavior deets

The Avian Behavior Lab is a comprehensive membership site that provides an extension of ABI’s companion parrot consulting practice that has spanned over a decade. This includes dozens of parrot species from all kinds of backgrounds in homes with every experience level imaginable.

Ever-Growing Course Library

It will feature husbandry and veterinary behaviors as well as basics like stepping up birds from a variety of backgrounds.


Basic Members have a 25% discount for all Masterclasses and private consultations through Avian Behavior International.

A Truly Unique Community Forum

Basic Members can connect with each other as well as ask questions about their parrots’ behavior, environment, and even diet questions. Basic Members also have access to topics about other domestic animal behavior and training.

Member Calendar

Scheduled events will be featured in advance on the member calendar so you won’t miss a live webinar and and can have your questions prepared for the Q&A call.

Member Resources

Special articles, checklists, and behavior analysis forms just for members. If a behavior challenge is deemed complicated, a behavior background form will be recommended, or possibly a private consultation.

Training Challenges

Optional training challenges that will inspire you to learn more about your companions, whether you work with parrots, dogs, or even horses!

“My experience with Hillary Hankey and her expert Avian Behavior International colleagues and amazing animals was inspiring. Although I have studied the application of behavior science to animal behavior and training in many hands-on work-shops, I highly recommend Hillary Hankey and Avian Behavior International where you can learn, regardless of your level of skill, in a highly supportive and enriching multi-species environment set in the stunningly beautiful hills of Escondido, California. ”

— Patricia K. Anderson, PhD, CPBC

So who are we, in a day and age when anyone can be a parrot YouTuber or influencer? ABI owner Hillary Hankey has been living with and training birds since she was in junior high (1990!), going to parrot clubs and expos before she could drive. As a professional, she has worked for zoos, educational organizations, breeders, conservation organizations, and animal training companies. She has changed people’s lives with her years of experience as a behavior consultant, helping to keep parrots in their homes by bringing a practical understanding of positive reinforcement to companion parrot owners.

Hillary started Avian Behavior International to meld her love of conservation education with positive reinforcement training to reach people on a deeper level.

The Lab is a way for ABI to reach people around the world to enhance our coexistence with the animals in our care.

Check out the ways in which the Avian Behavior Lab is changing people’s lives in the testimonials.

Is this membership level for me?

The Basic Membership is for companion parrot owners and animal lovers to reach expert advice on demand. Members have access to a community forum where they don’t have to question the motive or the background of the information source. The Lab is designed specifically by experts who want to help animal lovers. Experts who want to inspire animal lovers. And experts who want to connect with animal lovers. Don’t miss out on the conversations. Join us today.

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Have questions? Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

I do not know much about behavior or training. Will I be lost?

This membership is designed for animal lovers of all experience levels and backgrounds. We have some great resources for people without a lot of time, but want to learn more about their beloved companions, as well as for those that really want to dig in and be a part of a community.

Do you work with budgies and other small parrots?

Yes! We have consulted with everything from budgies, parrotlets, and cockatiels to macaws. Our upcoming coursework and forum topics will include the small psittacines as well. They respond to these training methods in the same way.

My bird is very old. Can he still benefit from new techniques?

Absolutely! We have worked with 40 year old Amazon parrots, 20 year old cockatoos, and so much more. Exactly what you will learn is that changing what your parrot gets out of the behavior it engages in will help it choose the mutually beneficial ones over the ones that create stress for everyone.

I work with handicapped birds. Can they still be trained?

Indeed. Handicapped birds can have their lives enriched and make choices with positive reinforcement based training just like non-handicapped birds. They can also engage in problem behaviors like birds without disabilities, so working with them to allow choices and replace problem behaviors with mutually beneficial behaviors is very important for their welfare.

Do you teach people to free fly their parrots?

We do not. This membership site is not designed for free flight training for companion parrots, and we strongly believe that anyone wishing to engage in that activity should familiarize themselves with the incredible amount of risk they are putting their friends in. Free flight takes a lot of time and a lot of experience to keep birds safe, and in our opinion should be undertaken with an in-person mentor, like falconry requires.

Can we get a private behavior consultation?

Basic Members get a 15% discount on private behavior consultations!

How often do you update the material?

We are available daily on the community forum for feedback. The courses will be added regularly, and the calendar will show when we have scheduled calls and classes.

How do I cancel?

For annual members, we have a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can cancel at any time during the first 30 days, and get your pro-rated amount back, no questions asked! Monthly members can cancel at any time during their subscription and their membership will terminate at the end of the month. Our full set of terms and conditions and our privacy policy is here.