8 Common Plants That Are Toxic To Birds

By Sharon Dawson March 19, 2024, 3:58 PM

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1. Avocado (Persea americana)

Avocado contains a toxin called persin, which can be harmful to birds if ingested in large quantities. Avoid feeding avocado or any dishes containing avocado to your bird.

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2. Philodendron (Philodendron spp.)

Many plants in the philodendron family contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause irritation and swelling in a bird's mouth and digestive tract if ingested.

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3. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Like philodendrons, pothos plants contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause irritation and swelling if ingested by birds.

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4. Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia spp.)

Dieffenbachia, also known as dumb cane, contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause irritation and swelling in a bird's mouth and digestive tract if ingested.

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5. Lilies (Lilium spp. and Hemerocallis spp.)

Many species of lilies, including Easter lilies and tiger lilies, are toxic to birds and can cause serious health issues if ingested.

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6. Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.)

These popular garden plants contain toxins that can be harmful to birds if ingested, causing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.

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7. Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

All parts of the sago palm are toxic to birds, containing a toxin called cycasin that can cause liver failure and death if ingested.

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8. Mistletoe (Phoradendron spp.)

Mistletoe is known to be toxic to birds and can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing if ingested.

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