Toto the pionus has been living for several years in a house where he is king and master. Being the only animal in the house, he gets all the attention and he doesn’t complain about it. Being a unique animal seems to suit him perfectly. She doesn’t even have to share the love of her favorite humans with little children, they’re all grown up now. This is why Anaïs, his mistress, was a little worried about his possible reaction when she brought a small ball of hair home. How was Toto going to react to the presence of a new rabbit? Against all expectations, the presentations were most successful. Toto, a little apprehensive at first, quickly became very curious about this newcomer. Quickly, Anaïs was able to leave them together, without any danger. Although unexpected and unusual, a beautiful friendship develops between the two. Toto enjoys watching television on Anaïs knees, snuggled up warm against his furry friend. He also has fun running with him on the floor and exploring the house from the rabbit’s point of view. Who would have believed in such complicity?
This morning, Anaïs found the two friends feasting in the parsley plant she had grown for the rabbit. They had both eaten it and seemed very excited about this unusual dining experience. Very worried, Anaïs took Toto and checked his condition. She had already read that a bird should not eat parsley. Toto was fine, but for how long? She took him to the vet to receive the necessary first aid. Toto’s physical examination does not reveal anything abnormal. The bird is doing well and no signs of intoxication are present. The parsley did not cause him any harm.
The list of plants poisonous to birds often varies from one book to another. It is often difficult to find a consensus between the different authors. Most of these lists are extrapolated from those developed for mammals or humans and are not necessarily representative of the reality of birds. For example, humans eat avocado with no problem, while the consumption of this fruit by birds can have a fatal outcome. Regarding parsley ( Petroselium sp), laboratory experiments have shown that its ingestion in large quantities by ostriches and ducks causes photosensitization of the skin and skin lesions appear when birds are exposed to direct sunlight. This abnormal sensitivity of the skin is transient and manifests itself only when the bird is exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight.
Since most pet birds are kept indoors, they are therefore unlikely to be bothered by skin problems even if the parsley had the same effect on them. Parsley does not necessarily have to be classified as a dangerous plant for parrots. Despite this fact, some people prefer not to give it to their birds. Others, on the other hand, regularly offer it to their feathered companions and have never noticed the slightest problem. Theoretically, it would be possible to believe that a parrot who ingested parsley in very large quantities could perhaps also be inconvenienced by skin problems if exposed to the rays of the sun. However, this situation remains unlikely.