Harmful Foods for Your Bird

Even if the thought of feeding your bird from your own table or plate has never crossed your mind have you given thought to what your bird might be able to help themselves to when your back is turned?  If your bird has freedom Dark chocolateinside then there needs to be caution.

  • Chocolate - can be harmful or fatal to your pet bird. Chocolate poisoning can affect a bird's digestive system, and ultimately their central nervous system causing seizures and even death.
  • Fruit seeds & pips – Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, pear pips, plums pits, and apricot pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous. The fruit of the apple is fine for your bird however be sure to thoroughly cleanse and core any apple pieces to avoid exposure to these toxins.
  • Avocado – the skin and pit of this popular fruit have been known to cause cardiac distress and eventual heart failure in pet bird species.  
  • AvocadoAlcohol - although we know you would never dream of offering your pet an alcoholic drink, there have been instances in which free roaming birds suffered from alcohol poisoning through helping themselves to unattended drinks.  Think about securing your bird safely in their cage whenever alcohol is served in your home.
  • Mushrooms - are a type of fungus, and have been known to cause digestive upset in companion birds. 
  • Tomato Leaves – whilst the fruit is fine as a treat for your bird, the stems, vines, and leaves are highly toxic to your pet. Make sure that to remove any green parts before offering your bird a tomato treat.
  • Dried Beans - cooked beans are a favorite treat of many birds, but raw, dry bean mixes can be extremely harmful.  Uncooked beans contain a poison which is very toxic to birds. Make sure to thoroughly cook any beans that you choose to share with your bird.


As always, if you’re ever in doubt about the health of your pet, consult your veterinarian.

** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.