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TOXIC PLANTS

This is not an exhaustive list.

ALACIA
AMARYLLIS – BULBS
AMERICAN YEW
APRICOT
ARUM LILY
ARALIA
ARROWHEAD VINE
AUSTRALIAN FLAMETREE
AUSTRALIAN UMBRELLA TREE
AUTUMN CROCUS/MEADOW SAFFRON
AVOCADO
AZALEA – LEAVES
BALSAM PEAR – SEEDS, OUTER RIND OF FRUIT
BANEBERRY – BERRIES, ROOT
BEANS – CASTOR, HORSE, FAVA, BROAD, GLORY, SCARLET RUNNER, MESCAL, NAVY, PREGATORY
BIRD OF PARADISE – SEEDS
BIRCH
BISHOP’S WEED
BITTERSWEET NIGHTSHADE
BLACK LAUREL
BLACK LOCUST – BARK, SPROUTS, FOLIAGE
BLEEDING HEART/DUTCHMAN’S BREECHES
BLOODROOT
BLUEBONNET
BLUE-GREEN ALGAE – SOME FORMS TOXIC
BOXWOOD – LEAVES, STEMS
BRACKEN FERN
BROOMCORN GRASS
BUCKTHORN – FRUIT, BARK
BULB FLOWERS – AMARYLLIS, DAFFODIL, NARCISSUS, HYACINTH & IRIS
BURDOCK
BUTTERCUP – SAP, BULBS
CACAO
CALADIUM – LEAVES
CALLA LILY – LEAVES
CAMEL BUSH
CANA LILY
CANDELABRA TREE
CARDINAL FLOWER
CASTOR BEAN – ALSO CASTOR OIL, LEAVES
CHALICE VINE/TRUMPET VINE
CHERRY TREE – BARK, TWIGS, LEAVES, PITS
CHINABERRY TREE
CLIVIA
CHRISTMAS CANDLE – SAP
CLEMATIS/VIRGINIA BOWER
COCKLEBUR
COFFEE (SENNA)
COFFEE BEAN – RATTLEBUSH, RATTLE BOX & COFFEEWEED
CORAL PLANT – SEEDS
CORIANDER
CORNCOCKLE
COWSLIP/MARSH MARIGOLD
COYOTILLO
CROWN OF THORNS
CROTON
CUTLEAF PHILODENDRON
DAFFODIL – BULBS
DAPHNE – BERRIES
DATURA STRAMONIUM/ANGEL’S TRUMPET
DEADLY AMANITA
DEATH CAMAS
DELPHINIUM
DEVIL’S IVY
DIEFFENBACHIA/DUMB CANE
EGGPLANT – FRUIT OKAY
ELDERBERRY
ELEPHANTS EAR/TARO – LEAVES, STEM
ENGLISH IVY- BERRIES, LEAVES
ENGLISH YEW
ERGOT
EUCALYPTUS – DRIED, DYED OR TREATED IN FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
EUONYMUS/SPINDLE TREE
EUPHORBIA CACTUS
FALSE HELLEBORE
FALSE HENBANE
FELT PLANT
FICUS/FIG (WEEPING)
FIRETHORN/PYRACANTHA
FLAME TREE
FLAMINGO FLOWER
FLY AGARIC MUSHROOM – DEADLY AMANITA
FOUR O’CLOCK
FOXGLOVE – LEAVES, SEEDS
GLORY BEAN
GLOTTIDIUM
GOLDEN CHAIN/LABURNUM
GRASS – JOHNSON, SORGHUM, SUDAN & BROOM CORN
GROUND CHERRY
HEATHS – KALMIA, LEUCOTHO, PEIRES, RHODODENDRON, MTN. LAUREL, BLACK LAUREL, ANDROMEDA & AZALEA
HELIOTROPE
HEMLOCK – ALSO WATER THE PLANT IS IN
HENBANE – SEEDS
HOLLY – BERRIES
HONEY LOCUST
HONEYSUCKLE
HORSE CHESTNUT/BUCKEYE – NUTS, TWIGS
HORSETAIL
HOYA
HYACINTH – BULBS
HYDRANGEA – FLOWER BUD
INDIAN LICORICE BEAN
INDIAN TURNIP/JACK-IN-PULPIT
IRIS/BLUE FLAG – BULBS
IVY
JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT
JAPANESE YEW – NEEDLES, SEEDS
JASMINE
JAVA BEAN/LIMA BEAN – UNCOOKED
JERUSALEM CHERRY – BERRIES
JIMSONWEED/THORNAPPLE
JOHNSON GRASS
JUNIPER – NEEDLES, STEMS, BERRIES
KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE
LANTANA – IMMATURE BERRIES
LARKSPUR
LAUREL
LILY, ARUM
LILY OF THE VALLEY – ALSO WATER THE PLANT IS IN
LOBELIA
LOCOWEED
LOCUSTS, BLACK/ HONEY
LORDS AND LADIES/CUCKOOPINT
LUPINES/BLUEBONNET
MALANGA
MANDRAKE
MANGO TREE – WOOD, LEAVES, RIND-FRUIT SAFE
MARIJUANA/HEMP – LEAVES
MAYAPPLE – FRUIT IS SAFE
MESCAL BEANS – SEEDS
MEXICAN BREADFRUIT
MEXICAN POPPY
MILKWEED, COTTON BUSH
MISTLETOE
MOCK ORANGE
MONKSHOOD
MOONSEED
MORNING GLORY
MOUNTAIN LAUREL
MUSHROOMS – SEVERAL VARIETIES
MYRTLE
NARCISSUS – BULBS
NECTARINE
NETTLES
NIGHTSHADE – ALL VARIETIES
NUTMEG
OAK – ACORNS, FOLIAGE
OLEANDER – LEAVES, BRANCHES, NECTAR
OXALIS
PARSLEY
PEACE LILY
PEACH
PEANUTS – RAW
PENCIL TREE
PERIWINKLE
PHILODENDRON – LEAVES AND STEM
PIGWEED
PIKEWEED
PINE NEEDLES – BERRIES
PLUM
POINCIANA
POINTSETTA – LEAVES, ROOTS, IMMATURE
POISON IVY – SAP
POISON HEMLOCK
POISON OAK – SAP
POKEWEED/INKBERRY – LEAF, ROOT, YOUNG BERRIES
POTATO – EYES, NEW SHOOTS
POTHOS
PRIVET
PRUNE
PYRACANTHA
RAIN TREE
RANUNCULUS/BUTTERCUP
RAPE
RATTLEBOX, CROTALARIA
RED MAPLE
RED SAGE (LANTANA)
RHODODENDRON
RHUBARB – LEAVES
ROSARY PEAS/INDIAN LICORICE – SEEDS
SANDBOX TREE
SCARLET RUNNER BEANS
SKUNK CABBAGE
SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN/GHOSTWEED
SNOWDROP
SNOWFLAKE
SORGHUM GRASS
SORREL
SPURGES – PENCIL TREE, SNOW-ON-MTN, CANDELABRA, CROWN OF THORNS
STAR OF BETHLEHEM
SUDAN GRASS
SWEET PEA – SEEDS, FRUIT
SWISS CHEESE PLAN/MONSTERA
TANSY RAGWORT
TOBACCO – LEAVES
UMBRELLA PLANT
VETCH
VIRGINIA CREEPER – SAP
WATER HEMLOCK
WATTLE
WEEPING FIG
WESTERN YEW
WHITE CEDAR, CHINA BERRY
WISTERIA
YAM BEAN – ROOTS, IMMATURE ROOTS
YELLOW JASMINE
YEW (AMERICAN, ENGLISH, JAPAN) – NEEDLES, THISTLES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAFE PLANTS

None of these are safe if chemicals or insecticides have been sprayed on them.

ACACIA
ALOE
AFRICAN VIOLET
ASH
BABY’S TEARS
BAMBOO
BEGONIA
BOSTON FERN
BOUGAINVILLEA
CHICKWEED
CHRISTMAS CACTUS
CISSUS – KANGAROO VINE
CITRUS – ANY
COLEUS
CORN PLANT
CRABAPPLE
DANDELION
DOGWOOD
DONKEY TAIL
DRACAENA VARIETIES
ELM
EUCALYPTUS
FERNS – BIRD’S NEST, BOSTON, MAIDENHAIR
FIGS – CREEPING, RUBBER, FIDDLE LEAF, LAUREL LEAF
GARDENIA
GRAPE IVY
GUAVA
HEN AND CHICKENS
IMPATIENS
JADE PLANT
KALANCHOE
MADRONA
MAGNOLIA
MANZANITA
MARIGOLDS
MONKEY PLANT
MOTHER-IN-LAW
NASTURTIUM
NATAL PLUM
NORFOLK ISLAND PINE
NUT – EXCEPT CHESTNUT & OAK
ORCHIDS
PALMS – ARECA, DATE, FAN, LADY, PARLOUR, HOWEIA, KENTIA, PHOWNIX, SAGO
PAPAYA
PEPPEROMIA
PETUNIA
PINE
PITTOSPORUM
PRAYER PLANT
PRUNE
PURPLE PASSION
ROSE
RIBBONWOOD
RUBBER PLANT
SASSAFRAS
SCHEFFLERA
SENSITIVE PLANT
SNAKE PLANT
SPIDER PLANT
SWEDISH IVY
THISTLE
THURLOW
VELVET NETTLE
VINE MAPLE
WANDERING JEW
WAX PLANT
WILLOWS – GOAT, PUSSY & WEEPING
WHITE CLOVER
YUCCA
ZEBRA PLANT
ZINNIA

 

Other Hazardous Materials

We are providing this list of Common Household poisons, for birds & parrots, as a guide and information source. By no means, is this an exhaustive list of harmful chemicals found in the home.
Be aware of anything with a strong smell and if in doubt, just don’t use it. Read all labels of cleaning items that you use in your house, as most are toxic to birds.
You should also be aware of your neighborhood surroundings – if there is painting, lawn chemical spraying, etc – please make sure windows and doors are closed.

AIR FRESHENERS
AEROSOL DISINFECTANT
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
AMMONIA
ANT SYRUP & PASTE
ARSENIC
ASBESTOS
AUTO PRODUCTS
BATHROOM CLEANERS
BLEACH
BORIC ACID
CAMPHOPHENIQUE
CARBON MONOXIDE
CARPET CLEANERS & DEODORIZERS
CHARCOAL FLUID
CHLORINE
CIGARETTE SMOKE
CLINITEST TABLETS
COPPER/BRASS POLISH
CORN/WART REMOVERS
CLEANERS (all)
DEODORANTS
DIAZINON
DISINFECTANTS (Aerosols & liquids)
DRAIN CLEANERS
DRYER SHEETS
EPOXY GLUE
FABREEZE
FELT TIP MARKERS
FLEA PRODUCTS
FLOOR POLISH AND WAX
FORMALDEHYDE – New rugs and some materials need to be aired out before bringing them into the home as they are treated with Formaldehyde. Furniture that has been treated with stain resistance is another example.
FURNITURE POLISH
GARDEN SPRAYS
GASOLINE
GLADE PLUG-INS
GUN CLEANERS
HAIR DYE
HAIR SPRAY
HERBICIDES
IODINE
KEROSENE
LIGHTER FLUID
LYE
MATCHES
MODEL CEMENT
MOTH BALLS
MURIATIC ACID
MUSHROOMS
NAIL POLISH REMOVER
OVEN CLEANERS
NON-STICK COOKWARE
PAINT
PAINT THINNERS & REMOVERS
PERFUMES
PESTICIDES
PINE-SOL
RX DRUGS (including over the counter)
RUBBING ALCOHOL
RUG SHAMPOO
RUG DEODORIZERS
SCENTED CANDLES
SELF-CLEANING OVENS
SHELLAC
SHOE POLISH
SILVER POLISH
SNAIL BAIT
SPOT REMOVERS
SPRAY STARCH
STRYCHNINE
SULFURIC ACID
SUNTAN LOTIONS
SUPER GLUE
SUNTAN LOTION AND OILS
TOILET CLEANERS
TOXIC PLANTS
TOXIC FOODS
TURPENTINE
WINDOW CLEANERS
WOOD PRESERVATIVES

 

Foods that are Toxic to Birds

The following is not an exhaustive list. These are just some of the items that we are aware of that are known to be harmful to our birds.

Chocolate

Chocolate is a wonderful treat to share with human family members, but it can be harmful or fatal to your pet bird. Chocolate poisoning first affects a bird’s digestive system, causing vomiting and diarrhea. As the condition progresses, the bird’s central nervous system is affected, first causing seizures and eventually death. Chocolate, coffee, and cocoa contain theobromine, which is toxic to birds. Do not give these to your birds and do not leave them out where your bird could get a hold of them.

Avocado

Avocado is toxic, particularly to African species, but should not be given to any birds. The skin and pit of this popular fruit had been known to cause cardiac distress and eventual heart failure in pet bird species. Keep guacamole and other avocado products as far away from pet birds as possible.

Alcohol

Responsible bird owners would never dream of offering their pet an alcoholic drink, however, there have been instances in which free roaming birds have attained alcohol poisoning through helping themselves to unattended cocktails. Alcohol depresses the organ systems of birds and can be fatal. Make sure that your bird stays safe by securing him in his cage whenever alcohol is served in your home. Although it seems obvious, DO NOT GIVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES to your bird under any circumstances. It is cruel to get your bird drunk. Their liver cannot metabolize the alcohol.

Caffeine

Caffeinated drinks such as soda, coffee, and tea are popular among people – but allowing your bird to indulge in these drinks can be extremely hazardous. Caffeine causes cardiac malfunction in birds, and is associated with increased heartbeat, arrhythmia, hyperactivity, and cardiac arrest. Share a healthy drink of pure fruit or vegetable juice with your bird instead – this will satisfy both your bird’s taste buds and nutritional requirements.

Salt

While all living beings need regulated amounts of sodium in their systems, too much salt can lead to a host of health problems in birds, including excessive thirst, dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and death. Parrots cannot excrete salt the way we can. Be sure to keep watch over the amount of salty foods your bird consumes. An occasional nibble from a chip might be okay, but don’t let them get into the habit. Junk food is not good for your parrot. Avoid high-fat, high-sugar, high-salt snacks. Once in a blue moon won’t kill them, but beware of giving foods like this. Parrots can get into bad habits just like humans. Resist the temptation to give in to them if they « beg » for your chips.

Apple Seeds

Apples – along with other members of the rose family including cherries, peaches, apricots, and pears – contain trace amounts of Cyanide within their seeds. While the fruit of the apple is fine for your bird, be aware that in addition to the poisonous seeds, there may be pesticides present on the fruit’s skin. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse and core any apple pieces that you share with your bird to avoid exposure to these toxins.

Onions

While the use of limited amounts of onion or garlic powders as flavorings is generally regarded as acceptable, excessive consumption of onions causes vomiting, diarrhea, and a host of other digestive problems. It has been found that prolonged exposure can lead to a blood condition called hemolytic anemia, which is followed by respiratory distress and eventual death.

Mushrooms

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

Tomato Leaves

Tomatoes, like potatoes 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. Make sure that any time you offer your bird a tomato treat it has been properly cleaned and sliced, with the green parts removed, so that your bird will avoid exposure to any toxins.

Dried Beans

Cooked beans are a favorite treat of many birds, but raw, dry bean mixes can be extremely harmful to your pet. Uncooked beans contain a poison called hemaglutin, which is very toxic to birds. To avoid exposure, make sure to thoroughly cook any beans that you choose to share with your bird.

 

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