“If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.” —
“I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.” —
“Clearly, animals know more than we think, and think a great deal more than we know.” —
Irene M. Pepperberg
If you’re having a problem with your companion bird, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
can help. Our Certified and Associate Certified Parrot Behavior Consultants are qualified to help with any challenging
behavior your bird may have, no matter how old they are, what species, and how they live with you. They can help
- Excessive noise
- Anxiety and phobia
- What else happens to parrots?
We certify avian behavior experts with a comprehensive examination process. Certified and Associate Certified Parrot
Behavior Consultants have demonstrated their knowledge of bird training, biology, and species-specific behavior,
as well as learning theory and practical training knowledge. IAABC’s certification is based on case studies,
not multiple choice quizzes, and each applicant is assessed by a panel of experts in parrot training and behavior.
All our consultants are bound by the IAABC Code of Ethics, which includes a commitment to using the Least Intrusive,
Minimally Aversive effective intervention when working with your companion bird.
What is a parrot behavior consultant?
A parrot behavior consultant is someone who specializes in preventing, managing, and modifying challenging behaviors
in companion birds of all species. IAABC offers online education for all stages of your career journey; we have
classes in learning theory and mentorships for new students, as well as our unique and comprehensive Animal Behavior
Consulting: Principles & Practice syllabus. Joining IAABC at any level—Supporting, Affiliate, Associate
Certified or Certified—gives you discounts on these and other courses, as well as access to our online communities
and library of high-quality resources.
If you’re working or volunteering with bird rescues, shelters, or sanctuaries, consider joining our IAABC
Shelter Division. We offer a wealth of resources and a supportive community of volunteers, behavior professionals,
and foster parents for all species.
To learn more about what an animal behavior consultant does and how IAABC can help you develop your career and achieve
your goals, read our Behavior Consulting 101 series.
I need help!
Use our Consultant Locator to find someone in your area. Our Certified and Associate Certified Parrot Behavior Consultants
can help you identify behavior problems and develop effective and kind solutions that work for you and your avian
companion’s unique relationship and lifestyle.
If you can’t find an IAABC Certified or Associate Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant covering your area,
read this article on how to find a qualified expert to work with you and your companion bird, and what questions
you should ask them.
About the Division Co-Chair: Stephanie Edlund, CPBC
Stephanie Edlund, CPBC
Division Co-Chair, Parrot Division
Stephanie Edlund, CPBC has spent most of her life learning about animal welfare, behavior, training and enrichment.
Growing up in Sweden, she has been surrounded by all kinds of animals her whole life, and has always been facinated
by birds especially. Since getting her first ones: two little rehomed Parakeets named Blue and Sixten when she
was eight years old, she hasn't lived a day without birds in her life. Today she has two African Greys of her
own and also works full time with a wide range of birds.
After getting her zookeeping degree she studied Biology at the University of Stockholm, as well as spent all the
time and resources she could find to take workshops and classes on ABA, animal training and welfare related subjects
both in Sweden and internationally. The last 4 years she has been working as a zookeeper as well as made a few
stand-ins as a teacher in the zookeeping schools in the country, teaching classes like Animal learning and training,
and more. Today she runs her own small business in Sweden where she offers presentations and workshops for bird
clubs, veterinarians, pet shops and zoos. She also offers behavior consultations and private training lessons,
predominantly with parrots but sometimes with other animals as well. She is also the head trainer for Korpdalen,
an educational zoo facility in Björkvik, Sweden, where she works with freeflighted parrots as well as other
About the Division Co-Chair: Robin Horemans, KPA CTP
Robin Horemans, KPA CTP
Division Co-Chair, Parrot Division
Robin Horemans, KPA CTP, has been involved with pet bird care for years. Growing up with a budgie in the house, her love for birds expanded into a career involving birds and animal behaviour. She has worked with large parrot organizations, rescues, parrot clubs, and exotic pet owners across Canada. Robin has a passion for the science behind bird training and continues to learn about behaviour, ethics and animal welfare. She is passionate about continuing education and has completed university level biology courses, IAABC Principles and Practice, BehaviourWorks LLA, Karen Pryor Academy CTP, as well as an ABA certificate from the Geneva Centre for Autism.
Robin owns and runs the Calgary Bird School, who’s aim is to assist all bird owners learn proper parrot handling and interaction. She teaches basic training such as step up, targeting, stationing, “drop it”, recall, and other mannerisms for parrots and their human companions. Robin believes a solid foundation in learning principles- with a focus on positive reinforcement- helps increase communication between the bird and their owner. This then helps to prevent future problem behaviours. Robin is currently the proud owner of a Congo African Grey, two cockatiels and a budgie.