Avian Expert Articles

Amy Hopkins

Amy Hopkins is president of The Parrot Club, Connecticut’s oldest companion bird club. She has the good fortune to be companion to four wonderful birds, three cockatiels and a galah, not to mention an elderly turtle. She is also an avid bird-watcher, both locally and around the world. Amy is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and has worked with both songbirds and raptors.

Amy has had parrot companions since childhood and has always been fascinated by these incredibly beautiful, intelligent, and loving creatures. Her passions are educating fellow bird companions and the public at large about proper care of captive birds and also about conservation issues in general, especially regarding wild parrots and other birds. She has written and lectured widely about bird issues over the years, including at national conferences.

Amy has also traveled around the world extensively and seen many of the world’s parrot species. Most recently she spent a month in Australia watching parrots, including wild cockatiels and galahs. It was a highlight of her life. She believes strongly that understanding wild parrot behavior is key to providing the best possible lives for the feathered companions in our homes and hearts.

For more information about The Parrot Club, visit The Parrot Club Facebook page.

Articles by Amy Hopkins:

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Playing With Fire: Tobacco & Pet Birds

Tobacco use, including e-cigarettes and vaping, can adversely affect a bird’s health. You might be surprised by some of the sneaky ways tobacco use and its by-products­ can adversely affect a bird’s health—see what you can do about it.

eyes and nose of a dog

Birds & Other Pets: Why You Need To Be On Guard

If you share your home with companions of both the feathered and furred kind, you might long to see your pets hang out together and be best friends. But before you do, these real-life situations prove that the hazards are real and the consequences potentially tragic.

male Eclectus close-up

Car Safety: Why Your Bird Needs to “Buckle Up”

Should Polly Ride Shotgun?
The term “distracted driving” conjures up thoughts of some obvious culprits – texting, talking on the phone, eating, etc. We must also consider driving with a feathered passenger – or other pet(s) – as a potential cause of distracted driving, especially a bird who is unsecured in the car. Find out why your bird needs to “buckle up” during car rides, the safest spot in the car for your bird and the type of carrier to help ensure you and your bird safely reach your destination.

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