Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich on Pet Life Radio

Barbara has been a professional in the field of animal training since 1990.   She owns and operates a company, Good Bird, Inc. that provides behavior and training products to the companion parrot community. These products include Good Bird Magazine, books, videos, and parrot training workshops. Barbara has provided animal training workshops or presentations at the Association of Avian Veterinarians conference, The American Federation of Aviculture conference, The Avicultural Society of America 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. She is the past president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators ( and has been on the Board of Directors since 1997. Her expertise has been utilized by the US Dept. of Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife Service. In the past 4 years she has trained over 600 parrots at her workshops presented around the world.

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

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

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
John Ball Zoo
State Fair of Texas
Disney’s 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 Canad