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.
Top Five Husbandry Behaviors to Train Any Bird
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?
To Clip or Not To Clip Your Parrot
The concept of leaving your parrot flighted or clipping wings is a topic with much debate. There are opinions going both ways based on health, safety, welfare, and psychological benefits. It shouldn’t be any surprise that at Avian Behavior International, we are pro-flight when it comes to all birds. But our ethos is that of using science based methodologies to inform our decisions and suggestions. This means that rarely is there a one-size-fits-all solution. https://avian-behavior.org/podcast/22-clip/
Conversation with Paige Davis
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 made each of us change our tactics when it comes to negativity in the comments section.
Myth Busting Part 2: Raptor Training
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.
Myths in Companion Parrot Care
We take on some of the common and pervasive myths in companion parrot care, what makes them attractive, and why they are harmful. We are going to talk about dominance, heavy petting, wearing gloves, diet, exercise, and more. Why do we listen to these myths, what gives them staying power, and what do we do instead?
Anthropomorphism and its Impacts on Our Relationships With Animals, Training, Conservation
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 dogs faces all the way to the California Condor Recovery Project.
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Every Episode Is Gold
Everyone who works with or has a bird in their care should listen to this. Every episode has great information, practical and informative and up to date with the latest research in animal behavior and training. Listening to this has improved my relationship with my birds, my approach to training and behavior, as well as given me practical strategies to implement. My life and my birds lives are better. I look forward to every episode and am never disappointed.
The host has vast experience and knowledge. Thank you for sharing it!
Just catching up
I’m late to the party, but unsurprisingly, the ABI team have created a stellar podcast full of interesting information and helpful insight. I highly recommend!
Amazing Comparative Information!
This is such great, educational content and the references back to wild to application here is awesome. Equally addressing convenience drops in pet ownership to still find ways to maximize the parrots welfare despite those restrictive environments.