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10 highly toxic foods for birds

10 highly toxic foods for birds

One who loves birds always try to maintain a balanced, healthy and fresh diet for birds. Parrots are more sensitive towards their diet plan. Some also buy ready made diet food for parrots. There are some foods that are not good for parrots.


Chocolate first affects the digestive system of the bird, causing vomiting and diarrhea. As the condition progresses, the central nervous system is affected, causing first seizures and finally death.

2) Apple Seeds

Believe it or not, apples – along with other fruits like cherries, peaches, apricots, pears – contain certain amounts of cyanide in their seeds. While the fruit of the apple is very good for our birds, we have to be aware that in addition to the seeds can be poisonous, there may be pesticides present in the skin of the fruit. Therefore, we must make sure to thoroughly clean the skin of all fruits and remove the center of any piece of apple that shares with our birds to avoid exposure to these toxins.

3) Avocado

This popular fruit is known to cause heart problems and possible heart failure in companion animals and especially birds. Although there is some debate with the degree of toxicity of avocados, it is generally advised to adopt a better prevention than cure attitude as an attitude towards them and to keep both this and the guacamole as far away from our birds as possible.

4) Onions

While using limited amounts of onion or garlic powder as a flavoring is generally considered as acceptable, excessive consumption of onion causes vomiting, diarrhea, and a multitude of digestive problems. Prolonged exposure may lead to respiratory problems and eventual death.

5) Alcohol

Although no owner will have thought to offer any of their bird’s alcoholic beverages, there have been cases in which the free roaming of the birds themselves has caused some alcoholic intoxication. Alcohol depresses organic systems of birds and can be fatal. Make sure our birds are safe in their cages when we serve alcohol.

6) The mushrooms

Mushrooms are a type of fungus, and are known to cause digestive upset in poultry. Some varieties can cause liver failure.

7) Tomato leaves

Tomatoes, like potatoes and other tubers, can be very tasty for our birds. But stems and leaves are extremely toxic to them. We have to make sure we clean them properly and if possible, offer them in slices, with the green parts removed, and thus avoid exposing our birds to any type of toxins.

8) Salt

While all living things need certain amounts of sodium in their organisms, excess salt can lead to a number of health problems in birds, including excessive thirst, dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and death. Be sure to monitor the amount of salt they consume.

9) Caffeine

Caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks, coffee or tea are very popular, but dangerous for our birds. Caffeine causes a cardiac malfunction in birds, and is associated with an increase in heart rate, arrhythmia, hyperactivity and cardiac arrest. Sharing a good drink of fruit juice or vegetables instead with our birds will like them more and will cover certain nutritional needs.

10) Dried beans

Cooked beans are the favorite dish of many birds, but uncooked, dry, can be very harmful to them. Uncooked, the beans contain a component called hemagglutin which is very toxic to birds. Therefore be sure to cook any kind of beans before offering them to our birds.

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