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Barbara Heidenreich - Experience is Key

In 1982 Barbara Heidenreich secured her first job working with animals in a veterinary hospital. In 1990 after exploring various animal related professions, she entered the world of animal training and has been a professional trainer ever since. Barbara Heidenreich owns Good Bird Inc, ( a company that provides behavior and training products to the companion parrot community. These products include Good Bird Magazine, books, videos, and training/behavior workshops. Barbara Heidenreich has provided behavior workshops and/or animal training presentations at the Association of Avian Veterinarians conference, The American Federation of Aviculture conference, The International Parrot Conference at Loro Parque, Parrot Festival, The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators conference, American Association of Zoo Keepers conference, Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference, The Parrot Society of Australia conference and many more.(For a complete list of past presentations, please view her past calendar) Barbara Heidenreich is a former president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators ( and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2009. Barbara Heidenreich's expertise has been utilized by the US Dept. of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous international professional organizations.

Barbara Heidenreich is the author of Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots by Avian Publications, and The Parrot Problem Solver. Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior by TFH Publications. Barbara Heidenreich is also the producer of the Good Bird Parrot Behavior and Training DVD series and Publisher of Good Bird Magazine.

Barbara Heidenreichs experience includes consulting on animal training in zoos and other animal related facilities. Barbara Heidenreich has been a part of the development and production of more than 15 different free flight education programs and has worked with 20 different animal facilities. Barbara Heidenreich continues to provide consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities through her other company Animal Training and Consulting Services. In Barbara Heidenreich's career she has trained animals, trained staff, and/or presented shows at facilities around the world. These facilities include the following:

Disneys Animal Kingdom
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
John Ball Zoo
State Fair of Texas
Disneys Discovery Island
Marine World Africa USA
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Tautphaus Park Zoo
Gulf Park Marine World
Perth Zoo in Australia
Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Umgeni River Bird Park in South Africa
Africam Safari in Puebla Mexico
Vallarta Adventures in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Earth Rangers in Canada
Santa Barbara Zoo

Publications that have featured articles by Barbara Heidenreich

Bird Talk Magazine - USA
Birds USA - USA
Pet Age Magazine - USA
Good Bird Magazine - USA
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators Flyer - USA
Urban Animal - Australia
BirdKeeper - Australia
Parrot News - Australia
Parrots Magazine - United Kingdom
World Parrot Trust Psittascene United Kingdom
Kaijutin - Finland
Companion Bird - Japan
Woliera - Poland
Papegaaien -The Netherlands
The American Federation of Aviculture Watchbird- USA

Selected writings by Barbara Heidenreich have been translated into nine different languages

Credentials and Affiliations:

  • International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (
      - Past president and board of directors member from 1997 to 2009
  • American Zoological Association (
      - Member since 1990
  • The Animal Behavior Management Association (
      - Charter member
  • American Federation of Aviculture (
      - Member
  • Bachelors of Science in Zoology from the University of California at Davis


  • 2009 Behavior of the Year Award
    International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
    For consulting work on training king vultures in a breeding situation for husbandry and medical behaviors.
  • 2004 High Flyer Award
    for Best Conference presentation International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.
  • 2003 Behavior of the Year Award
    International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
    For training a macaw to voluntarily participate in nebulization.
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