Top Ten Foods That Can Harm Your Bird

While I recommend sharing foods with your parrot, there are a few "human" foods that you should avoid. Some foods that we eat can be harmful or even fatal to your bird. Upon my readings, trial and errors and speaking to other bird enthusisats this is what I have learned.

1. Chocolate
  • Can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The central nervous system can be affected, causing seizures and or death.
2. Apple Seeds
  • Believe it or not, apple seeds - as well as cherries, peaches, apricots, and pears - contain trace amounts of Cyanide. The fruit of the apple and the other mentioned fruits are fine for your bird.
3. Avocado
  • The skin and pit of the avocado can cause cardiac distress and heart failure in birds.
4. Onions
  • Excessive consumption of onions causes vomiting and diarrhea and perhaps other digestive problems. Small amounts of onion or garlic powders prepared in our foods is generally acceptable. 
5. Alcohol
  • Alcohol depresses the organ systems of birds and can be fatal.
6. Mushrooms
  • Can cause digestive upset in birds. Caps and stems of some varieties can induce liver failure.
7. Tomato Leaves
  • The stems, vines, and leaves are highly toxic to your bird. Be sure to remove them from the fruit before serving.
8. Salt
  • As with humans too much salt can lead to several health problems such as dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and death. Keep the amount of salty foods your bird eats to a minimum.
9. Caffeine
  • Caffeine causes cardiac malfunction in birds, and is associated with increased heartbeat, arrhythmia, hyperactivity, and cardiac arrest.
10. Dried Beans
  • Uncooked beans contain a poison which is very toxic to birds. Cook the beans until tender.