Learn how to build strong hooding behavior with your bird of prey.


"It was so helpful to see the real life situations and learn the proper techniques!"

-Sandy C.

Do you really need to learn how to hood a bird of prey?
Does it help the bird or keep them in fear?

A falconry hood can be a critical tool in preventing problems because it can be so hard, if not impossible, to train a raptor to be calm in all circumstances.

This means when unpredictably scary stimuli arise and we have a raptor with us, it can associate us with the fearful situation, whether we choose to restrain it on the glove or it flies off, leaving us in a lose-lose scenario.

The Bird of Prey Hooding Course was created to help you learn this critical skill so you are prepared for future situations in which hooding can prevent future problems.

Solving your bird behavior challenges isn't about doing more of what ISN'T working. Change the way you look at your bird issues and you will change your results.

Difficult situations require a different strategy.

Trying to piece together a lot of random information from the internet can give you incomplete information, leaving you struggling and confused.

Unfortunately, your actions (or inactions) are literally influencing your bird's behaviors, making problems harder to fix.

About your instructor

Hillary Hankey

Hillary Hankey is a world renowned professional bird trainer, behavior consultant, and falconer. For over 20 years, she has worked at and consulted for zoos and educational facilities to help bring adventurous and intimate animal encounters to guests all over the world. 

In 2013, Hillary founded Avian Behavior International, a bird training and education organization, located on 22 acres in San Diego, California. Hillary spends her days analyzing, studying and practicing the art and science of animal training with a diverse collection of birds in Southern California, while also passionately raising awareness and funds for critical conservation challenges around the planet.

With a goal of helping to strengthen the connection between animals and the humans that care for them with the most progressive, positive, and constructional techniques, Hillary offers numerous in person workshops, online courses, and is also the founder of The Avian Behavior Lab, where she offers online training tutorials and guidance for animal lovers of all levels.


What you will learn in the Bird of prey hooding

For this course, we chose some of our most difficult birds to train to hood. Some hood training has taken us as little as five minutes or less to train, and some has taken a few weeks.

It cannot be understated that the manner in which a raptor is trained to wear the hood has a huge impact in the comfort that it exhibits. Hooding can be trained through choice-based training that includes positive reinforcement utilizing tidbits and negative reinforcement that uses distance to reinforce the desired response. Both have their merits and drawbacks. We will cover this inside the course

This class is only offered for a limited time!

Learn how to build a strong hooding behavior with your bird of prey.

Bird of Prey Hooding



  • Lessons including step by step training
  • Teacher's notes

Have questions?

Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course has an introduction and 3 lessons. Everybody's learning pace is different, but if you set a goal to watch one lesson a day, it should take you a few days to finish the course. We recommend you go at your own pace and watch lessons multiple times if need be to really understand the concept.

What format is this course in?

The course is on demand streaming video. It includes step by step, guided examples of the content we provide, with proven results from our decades of experience.

How long will it take to see results?

Once you start applying what you learn in these courses, you will start seeing results and you'll have the confidence knowing you are setting your bird up for success.

How long do I have access to this course?

Once you purchase the course, you will have lifetime access to it so you can refer to it if you need a refresher.

What if I find that this course is not for me? Can I get a refund?

We strongly stand behind what we teach at Avian Behavior. However we understand that our style of teaching may not resonate with everyone. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

The importance of knowing where your animal behavior information comes from cannot be understated. The experience here at Avian Behavior Lab comes from Founder Hillary Hankey's 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 yours.

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