toxic-bird-foodsWhile sharing food with your pet bird may be fun as well as beneficial to your pet, there are many common human foods that can be harmful or even fatal to your bird. Never feed any of the following foods to your pet bird!

1. Chocolate

Chocolate poisoning first affects a bird’s digestive system causing diarrhea and vomiting. As the condition progresses, the bird’s central nervous system is affected causing seizures and even death.

2. Apple Seeds

Apples along with cherries, peaches, apricots and pears contain trace amounts of cyanide within their seeds. The meat of these fruits is fine for your bird, just be sure that all seeds have been removed.

3. Avocado

Although there is some debate about the degree of toxicity of avocados, it is generally advised to adopt a “better safe than sorry” attitude toward them and keep all avocado products away from your pet bird.

4. Onions

Excessive consumption of onions causes vomiting, diarrhea and a host of other digestive disorders in your bird. Prolonged exposure to onions in your pet’s diet can lead to a blood condition called hemolytic anemia which is followed by respiratory distress and eventual death.

5. Alcohol

Responsible bird owners would never think of giving their pets an alcoholic drink, but there have been instances when a free-roaming bird helped themselves to unattended cocktails. Alcohol depresses the organ systems of birds and can be fatal. Be sure to monitor those unattended drinks or place your bird in a cage until after the party is over!

6. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a type of fungus and have been known to cause digestive upset in pet birds. Caps and stems of some varieties can induce liver failure.

7. Tomato Leaves

Tomatoes and other nightshades have a tasty fruit that is fine when used as a treat for your bird. The stems, vines and leaves, however, are highly toxic to your pet. Any time you offer tomatoes to your bird, be sure they have been properly cleaned and sliced and all green has been removed.

8. Salt

While all living beings need regulated amounts of sodium in their bodies, too much salt can cause a host of health problems in birds including excessive thirst, dehydration, kidney dysfunction and death. Be sure to closely monitor the amount of salty foods your pet bird consumes.

9. Caffeine

Caffeine causes cardiac malformation in birds and is associated with increased heartbeat, arrhythmia, hyperactivity and cardiac arrest. Share only healthy drinks of pure fruit or vegetable juice with your bird.

10. Dried Beans

Raw dry bean mixes can be very harmful to your pet bird. Uncooked beans contain a poison called hemaglutin which is extremely toxic to birds. Once the beans have been cooked they are no longer a danger to your bird. So always thorougly cook any beans you choose to share with your bird.