Alyson Kalhagen

Alyson Kalhagen is a freelance writer and has worked professionally with birds for over 10 years, as a veterinary technician and a pet store manager.

  • 10+ years professional experience with birds
  • 8+ years experience writing bird content for The Spruce Pets
  • 3+ years experience working as a veterinary technician


Alyson Kalhagen is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles for over eight years. She has worked with birds professionally for over 10 years, with over three years working as a veterinary technician. She also managed a chain of successful pet stores and served as a pet counselor, focusing on avian behavior and socialization. She owns several birds and has been featured in Bird Talk magazine.

Expertise: Veterinary technician, vet counseling, avian behavior
Title: Freelance writer

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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