Dangerous foods for parrots
Parrots, for most species, are not specific eaters when it comes to their diet. On the other hand, a number of foods that are commonly consumed by humans represent health risks for psittacidae. Some will be just irritating, others will be deadly. It is best to avoid offering your parrot the foods listed below.
Do not offer the following foods …
Do Not Feed Your Grey the Following Foods:
Theobromine in chocolate is a highly toxic alkaloid for many animals, including parrots. Theobromine can cause cardiac or respiratory arrest quickly after ingestion. Dark chocolate (like Baker’s unsweetened) is more toxic at 15 mg of theobromine per 100 grams than milk chocolate 1.5 mg of theobromine per 100 grams. Either way, if you care about your parrot, reserve these treats for yourself.
Numerous deaths recorded in parrots. The whole plant is poisonous.
Raw meats and poultry
(salmonella and other bacteria)
contain too much salt and preservatives in “ites” and “ates” … (sulfites, sulfates, nitrites, nitrates, etc.)
Raw milk or cheese
Parrots do not digest dairy products containing lactose (milk sugar).
See the text: Milk
The potato is not toxic, it is certain parts of the latter that are: the peel and the green parts that are sometimes found on potatoes. These green parts contain solanine, a very toxic alkaloid that forms on potatoes overexposed to light. This alkaloid affects the central nervous system if ingested in significant quantities. You also have to remove the germ and the eyes from the potatoes, because the solanine accumulates there. Solanine is not destroyed during cooking.
Dangerous food for parakeets and parrots
Apple or pear seeds
Plums, cherries, apricots and peaches
May contain a bacteria toxic to birds: clostridium botulinum.
African gray parrot and alcohol.
Oil and seeds (lint seed or beaver oil). Mortal!
Raw lima beans
Tea and coffee
Solanaceae family (potato), contains a lot of solanine (toxic).
Tomatin, a substance close to solanine. Plants and leaves are also toxic.