The seeds of apples and pears contain cyanide. So do the pits of apricots, peaches, plums or cherries, in small quantities of course, but don’t forget that birds are much smaller than we are! Rest assured, they instinctively do not eat poison and know what is good for them… They didn’t wait for you to eat fruit in the garden! However, don’t hesitate to give them the seeds of melons, tomatoes, grapes or even your citrus fruits.
If you give fruit to the birds of the air, remember to clean it first. This will prevent a significant dose of pesticide in their bodies.

What foods are not safe for birds?


Chocolate is well known to be toxic to dogs and cats because of a substance called theobromine. It is an alkaloid responsible for digestive, cardiac and nervous disorders. Chocolate is equally toxic to birds.
Raw potato
Raw potatoes are not recommended for birds: they also contain a toxic alkaloid, solanine, which is responsible for digestive problems.Garlic, onions and shallots
These bulbs should not be given to birds, either raw or cooked, because of the sulphur compounds they contain, which have a toxic effect on red blood cells.
Fruit stones and apple and pear seeds
Unlike many other seeds, apple and pear seeds are toxic to birds because they contain cyanide
The pits also contain cyanide in the kernels found inside the pits which birds can easily break with their beaks.
Honey is contraindicated in birds because it may contain spores of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum which causes botulism. For this reason, honey is not recommended for children under one year of age, as they are not able to destroy these spores.
Other foods are not recommended: raw aubergines, raw mushrooms, peanuts, avocados, passion fruit, rhubarb, etc.
Citrus fruits and raw tomatoes are very acidic and should not be given to children as they can cause gastritis.
Meat and fish, dairy products, biscuits, sugars, etc. are also not recommended: they are not part of the basic diet of birds and can cause problems (diarrhoea in particular).
Obviously, alcohol and tobacco are strongly contraindicated. As birds are sensitive to respiratory problems, it is very important to ensure that the air quality in your home is good, and to avoid smoking if you have birds.
Hard bread and rusks should only be given in small quantities and at a low frequency, as a treat for your bird.


What food is highly toxic to birds?

Some foods are toxic for our feathered friends. This is particularly true of bread, whether dry or not, which cannot be digested by their metabolism. Furthermore, never give them salted or cooked food, rusks, leftover pastries or desiccated coconuts. Also note that fly larvae (maggots) can puncture a bird’s sensitive stomach. Finally, be aware that linseed (Linum usitatissimum) and castor oil seeds are toxic.

Are birds allowed to eat fruit?

Birds also enjoy other fruits such as oranges, plums, apples, grapes, cherries, crabapples, and prickly pear. Birds may swallow small fruits whole, and any seeds that are defecated could regrow into new plants for future fruit crops. Larger fruits may be pierced, shredded, or torn for birds to reach the flesh.

What vegetables are not safe for birds?

Parrots should never be fed avocado, eggplant, chocolate, or cherry/apricot pits. Other foods to avoid include raw rhubarb, mushrooms, onion, garlic, sugar-free foods, and dairy.

What food kills birds instantly?

Toxic food kills birds instantly, and they must be kept from the avians.
What Can Kill Birds

  • Caffeinated Food. Caffeine is part of the daily routine of humans. …
  • Garlic and Onions. …
  • Chocolate. …
  • Apple Seeds. …
  • Cassava. …
  • Salty Food. …
  • Dairy Products. …
  • Mushrooms.

Can birds eat pineapple?

Fresh fruit offers birds many nutritional benefits. Safe fruits that are also often included in parrot pellet mixes according to Avian Web are apple, apricot, banana, cranberry, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, pear and pineapple.

Can birds eat blueberries?

Birds like to feed on strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and whatever other edible fruits you might be growing. These garden and orchard fruits are as tasty and nutritious to birds (and many other creatures) as they are to us.

Can birds have grapes?

Grapes. These fun, bite-sized fruits are a hit with birds all over the world, and it’s no wonder why. Grapes are very sweet to the taste and contain a rather high level of fructose. This means that they can work to give your bird a quick energy boost—but should be fed sparingly for that very reason.