8 Common Foods That Can Poison Your Bird 

By Sharon Dawson March 19, 2024, 11:21 AM

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1. Avocado

Avocado contains a toxin called persin, which can be harmful to birds if ingested in large quantities. It can cause respiratory distress, fluid accumulation around the heart, and eventual cardiac arrest. Avoid feeding avocado or any dishes containing avocado to your bird.

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2. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to birds and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and even death. Keep all chocolate products out of reach of your bird, including cocoa powder, chocolate bars, and baked goods.

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3. Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic contain compounds that can cause damage to a bird's red blood cells, leading to anemia. Even small amounts of onion or garlic can be harmful, so it's best to avoid feeding these ingredients to your bird.

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4. Caffeine

Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks should never be given to birds. Caffeine can cause increased heart rate, hyperactivity, tremors, and even death in birds.

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5. Alcohol

Alcohol is highly toxic to birds and can cause central nervous system depression, respiratory distress, and death. Keep all alcoholic beverages away from your bird, and never offer them as treats.

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6. Fruit Seeds and Pits

Many fruit seeds and pits contain cyanide compounds, which can be toxic to birds if ingested in large quantities. Avoid feeding your bird seeds or pits from fruits such as apples, cherries, peaches, and apricots.

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7. Salt

Excessive salt intake can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances in birds. Avoid feeding your bird salty snacks, processed foods, or anything with added salt.

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8. Mushrooms

While some mushrooms are safe for birds to eat, others can be highly toxic and even fatal. It's best to avoid feeding wild mushrooms to your bird unless you are absolutely certain they are safe.

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