Giving food to your bird can build up an important emotional experience for you both. However, there are certain foods that should never be given to birds because they can cause health problems and even be fatal to your feathered companion. Please make sure you never give your bird any of the foods listed below.
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The following list is not exhaustive. It represents only the most common foods dangerous for birds. If you're not sure whether a certain food not mentioned here is safe, we recommend that you refrain from giving it to your bird. It's better to be safe than sorry.
• Alcohol. One teaspoon of an alcoholic beverage can be fatal for a bird, because their livers are not designed to process alcohol.
• Apple Seeds. Containing a tiny amount of Cyanide in their seeds, as well as possibly being covered with pesticides, apples should be cleaned very well before feeding them.
• Avocado. Both skin and pits of this fruit are reported to cause heart problems which could lead to the heart failing.
• Beans (uncooked). While many birds love cooked beans, raw and dry bean mixes can contain a poison called Hemaglutin which is very toxic to birds.
• Cabbage. Raw cabbage contains substances that might be toxic to birds.
• Caffeine. Avoid giving your bird any products that contain caffeine, such as chocolate, coffee, tea, etc. Caffeine causes cardiac malfunction in birds.
• Celery. Its long fiber can clog a bird's digestive system if swallowed whole and not chewed. Celery leaves, however, are an excellent source of all seven essential body salts your bird needs.
• Eggplant. While some sources say it's perfectly safe for birds, other sources warn about a toxic substance contained in the leaves and skin of the plant. The same toxin is found throughout the plant when it's over ripe. We recommend to refrain from giving eggplant to your bird.
• Milk products. A bird's digestive system isn't designed to process them. Most birds lack the enzyme lactase to break down lactose.
• Mushrooms. Mushrooms can cause allergic reactions, as well as digestive problems in pet birds.
• Onions (raw). While very small amounts of onion and garlic powder are usually associated with no risk, too many onions can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and a lot of other health issues.
• Potato green parts. These are highly toxic for your bird.
• Rhubarb. It contains substances that might be toxic to birds, especially if the plant is over ripe or under cooked.
• Salt and salty products. While every living creature needs a small amount of salt, too much salt can cause problems such as dehydration, kidney malfunction and possibly even death.
• Sugary products such as candies and chocolate. Birds are not meant to eat them and don't in the wild!
• Tomato stems, vines, and leaves. These are extremely toxic for your bird.