Aggressive and uncooperative birds are frustrating for both you and your bird. Learn how to get your bird to stop attacking you. 

"Sometimes our actions trigger and reinforce aggressive behavior. Using non-coercive and negative reinforcement and other techniques, we can actually solve the problem in a choice-based way."
- Hillary Hankey


Living with a bird who displays aggression can be heart-wrenching. It's not just about avoiding painful bites; it's about healing the emotional rift between you and your feathered friend. Aggressive behaviors can lead to isolation, damaged trust, and a decrease in your bird's overall well-being.

If your bird is showing:

⚠️ Signs of Aggression: Is your bird displaying aggressive behaviors like biting, lunging, or feather-plucking? If so, it might be time to take action.

⚠️ Persistent Stress: Chronic stress in your bird can lead to health problems and aggressive behaviors. Keep an eye out for signs of persistent stress.

⚠️ Stalking and Dive Bombing: Aggressive behaviors such as closely following or pursuing others (stalking) and swooping aerial attacks (dive-bombing).

⚠️ Broken Trust: Have you both lost trust in each other? Learn how to rebuild that trust and strengthen your bond.

⚠️ Enigmatic Behavior: If you're struggling to understand what your bird's physical cues mean, it's time to decode their unique language.

We can turn that extreme negative into a huge positive by training

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    "Thank you! I’m really trying and it’s really working! I just have to say again, that this challenge couldn’t have come at a better time! And without the challenge, I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to stick with the plan of leaving him at home for some of the day. He seems to be adjusting to it just fine. It was and is me that needs to get used to the idea of it and you stop feeling bad about leaving him and feeling like it’s good for both of us.

    I was very stressed and he seemed to also be stressed. I know I’m feeling lighter and happier and he seems the same. When I’m at work, I can focus on work and when I’m with Toohey, I can really be with him and connect with him. Thanks so much! - Namaste



    The Stop Attacking Me Challenge will help you build positive changes, and make progress by:

    👉 Effective Communication: Discover how to understand and respond to your bird's needs and feelings. Strengthen your bond and rebuild trust.

    👉 Stress Reduction Techniques: Implement stress-reduction strategies to create a happier, healthier environment for your bird.

    👉 Reading Bird Behavior: Learn to interpret your bird's body language and vocalizations, so you can intervene before aggression escalates.

    👉 Mindful Interactions: Develop mindfulness in your interactions to foster a calm and harmonious relationship.

    "I can't express enough how grateful I am for Hillary's help with my bird's food bowl aggression! Learning about the functional consequences behind my parrot's behavior was eye-opening. Hillary taught me how to handle food bowl aggression effectively using positive methods. I no longer dread mealtimes; they are a joyous experience."

    Sarah L.


    It's easy to get overwhelmed when your bird won't listen to you or even turns violent towards you and your family members.

    But with a little commitment and the right mindset and tools, you can help your bird be calm when food is present in 5-10 minutes a day! 

    "I didn't think I could get Ripley to listen to me! But after following your prompts, it worked! Success! Thank you for all you do!"

    Anne B.

    "After rearranging everything in all four birds’ cages, giving them each a new cage, using approach & retreat in high risk areas & taking Ollie out separately at times has proved successful so far. No bites from Ollie in 2 days."



    Everyday, you will receive a challenge email, detailing the day's lesson and steps you need to do to complete the lesson.

    There is a FREE dedicated Facebook group too! You'll have the opportunity to join Facebook Live video sessions, ask questions, and post your progress while interacting with a supportive community.

    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.

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