Toxic To Birds

Substances that may be TOXIC to your BIRD


While is’s true that certain plants are toxic to almost every species of animal, it is unlikely that your pet MACAW will be spending enough time outside to ingest sufficient amounts of daffodils, mountain laurel or yews to do serious damage.

Much more dangerous to your BIRD is the cage in which he or she lives.  Be sure that the cage is painted with lead-free paint.  Bored BIRDS may chip away at their cages and die from lead poisoning.  If you let your BIRD loose in the house and his or her favorite place to perch is on your curtains…be sure the curtain rods are lead-free.  Dr. Pinney suggests in his book The Illustrated Veterinary Guide for Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Exotic Pets., that even tap water delivered in lead pipes could eventually have a toxic affect on your BIRD.

Signs of poisoning range from vomiting, seizures, diarrhea, and lethargy.  If you are at all suspicious take your BIRD to the Vet immediately.  Medical treatment includes drugs and sometimes surgery if sufficient amounts of lead have been ingested.

Some Household Poisons


DO NOT leave any of these substances sitting out, even put away the “rag”, dust cloth that you used!

Antifreeze Alcohol Ammonia Bathroom Cleaners
Boric Acid Detergents Drain Cleaners Fuel (gas, oil, kerosene)
Furniture and Metal Polish Gasoline Hair dye Laundry Bleach
Mushrooms Nail Polish Oven Cleaners Paint and thinner
Pesticides Pine Oil Poisons (rat, snail, roach bait) Rust Remover
Shaving Lotion Spot removers Super Glue Varnish

Another source of toxicity is the toilet bowl cleaner that hangs exposed inside the toilet bowl.  Free-flying birds have been known to take a bath in the bowl.  The chemical in the cleaner, once absorbed, is lethal.

Visit the ASPCA Poison Center for more information about poisons and how to detect and treat poisoning.

Remember, any household pest you eliminate with poisons becomes toxic to your BIRDS!

Some Poisonous Plants


Azalea Black Locust Caladium Castor Bean
Daffodil Daphne Delphinium Dieffenbachia
English Ivy Holly Iris Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Jimsonweed Lily of the Valley Mistletoe Nightshades
Oleander Philodendron Poinsettia Rhododendron
Rhubard Rosary Pea Yew




For caustic poisons do not induce vomiting.  Try to dilute the poison with milk, an egg white in 1 cup of water, or 1-2 teaspoons of Milk of Magnesia in water.


Alert your vet that your BIRD may have been poisoned–THEN, get the bird to the Vet!!!.  Try to identify the specific poison so that antidotes can be found.