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Toxic Plants

My bird likes to eat plants. Should I be worried?

Many birds naturally eat plants as part of their diet. Some birds will chew on and possibly consume plants out of curiosity or in the course of play. Birds left unsupervised out of their cage may easily encounter plants kept around the house and in the garden. It is important for owners to be aware of which plants are toxic to birds. Few actual studies are available in regard to plant toxicity and birds. Most plants will just make a bird sick but some can kill. Extrapolations from information pertaining to other species including humans concerning harmful effects must be made.

Which Plants?

The following list of indoor and outdoor plants catalogues many of the plants considered to be potentially toxic. If there is concern regarding specific plants not listed here then consult your local Poison Control Center or reputable plant nursery for more information. Some plants have been included on this list even if there is a remote possibility of concern.

 Alderberry Buckthorn

Aloe Vera

Amaryllis

American Yew

Andromeda japonica

Anemone

Angel’s Trumpet

Apple (seeds)

Apricot (pit, leaves and Bark)

Asparagus fern

Autumn Crocus (Meadow Saffron)

Avocado (fruits ,pit and leaves)

Azalea

 

Babies Breath

Baby Doll Ti

Balsam Pear

Baneberry

Bean Plants

Belladona

Bird of Paradise

Bittersweet

Bitter Melon

Black Elderberry (not berry)

Black Locus

Bleeding Heart or Dutchman’s Breeches

Bloodroot

Blue Bonnets

Blue-green Algae

Bottle Brush

Boxwood

Bracken Fern

Branching Ivy

Buckeye

Buckthorn

Buddhist Pine

Bulb Flowers

Burdock

Buttercup

 

Cadelabra Tree

Caladium

Calico Bush

Calla Lily

Cardinal Flower

Castor Bean (Castor Oil Plant)

Catclaw (twigs and leaves)

Ceriman

Chalice Vine or Trumpet Vine

Cherry Trees (leaves, bark, seeds – Not pulp of fruit)

China Doll

Chinaberry Tree

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Lantern

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Candle

 

Christmas Cherry (berries)

Christmas Rose

Chrysanthemum

Cineraria

Clematis

Coffee Plants

Coral Plant

Cordatum

Corn Plant

Cowslip

Crocus

Croton

Crown of Thorns

Crown Vetch

Cyclamen

 

Daffodil

Daisy

Daphne

Datura (berries)

Day Lilly

Deadly Nightshade

Death Amanita

Death cap mushrooms

Death Camas

Delphinium

Devil’s Ivy

Dieffenbachia

Dracaena Palm

Dragon Tree

Dutchman’s Breeches

Egg-Plant leaves

Elderberry

Elephant’s Ear (Taro)

Emerald Feather

English Holly

English Ivy

English Yew

Ergot

Eucalyptus

Euphorbia

European Pennyroyal

Euonymus

Evergreen (most)

 

False Hellebore

Felt Plant

Fiddle Leaf fig

Fig (sap)

Firethorn

Flame Tree

Flamingo Plant

Fluffy Ruffles

Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Four O’clock

Foxglove

Fruit Salad Plant

 

Geranium

German Ivy

Ginko

Glacier Ivy

Gladiola

Glory Lilly

Golden Chain

Ground Cherry

 

Hawaiian Baby

Hawaiian Ti

Heavenly Bamboo

Heliotrope (leaves)

Hemlock (Poison and Water)

Henbane

Hibiscus

Hogwort

Holly

Honey Locust

Honeysuckle

Horse Beans

Horse Chestnut

Horse Nettle

Horsetail

Hurricane Plant

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

 

Impatiens

Indian Laurel

Indian Rubber Plant

Indian Turnip

Iris

Ivy (Boston, English + some others)

 

Jack-In-The-Pulpit

Japanese Yew

Jasmine

Java Bean (Glorybean)

Jequirity Bean

Jerusalem Cherry

Jessamine, Yellow (leaves, stem)

Jimson weed

Jonquil

Juniper

 

 

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Lantana

 

Larkspur

Laurels

Lily (many species, Tiger, Easter, Oriental..etc).

Lily-Of-The-Valley

Lobelia

Locoweed

Locusts Honey

Locusts, Black

Lords-and-Ladies

Lupine or Blue Bonnets

 

Mandrake

Marble Queen

Marijuana

May Apple or Mandrake

Mescal Bean

Mexican Breadfruit

Milkweed

Miniature Croton

Mistletoe

Mock Orange

Monkshood

Moonseed

Morning Glory

 

Mountain Laurel

Mushrooms (Amanita, other wild species)

 

Narcissus

Needle Point Ivy

Nephthytis

Nettles

Nightshades

Norfolk Pine

Nutmeg

 

Oak

Oleander

 

Paradise Plant

Parsnip Plant

Parsley (in excess)

Peace Lily Peach (pits, bark and leaves)

Pear (leaves, seeds, bark)

Pencil Cactus

Pencil Tree

Penny royal

Peony

Periwinkle

Peyote

Philodendron

Pigweed

Plum (pit, bark and Leaves)

Plumosa Fern

Poinsettia

Poison Hemlock

Poison Ivy

Poison Oak

Poison Sumac

Pokeweed

Poncirus

Poppies

Potato (new shoots, sprouts, leaves)

Pothos

Precatory Bean

Primrose

Primula

Privet

Purple Sesbane

 

Ragwort

Rain Tree

Ranuculus Buttercup

Red Maple

Rhododendron

Rhubarb (leaves)

Ribbon Plant

Rosary Peas

Roseary Beans

Rubber Plant

 

Sage

Sago Palm

Sandbox Tree

Schefflera

Shamrock Plant

Skunk Cabbage

Snap Dragon

Snow Flake

Snowdrop

Snow-On-The-Mountain

Solomon’s Seal

Sorrel Spurges

Spindle Tree (berries)

Spurges

Star of Bethlehem

String of Pearls (beads)

Sweet Pea (plant)

 

Taro Vine

Tasy Ragwort

Thornapple

Tobacco

Tobacco Tree

Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem, leaves)

Trumpet Vine

Tulip

 

Verbena

Vetch

Virginia Creeper

 

Water Hemlock

Wattle

Waxberry

Weeping Fig

Western Yew

White Cedar

Wisteria

 

Yam Bean

Yellow Jasmine

Yesterday, today, Tomorrow Plant

Yews

Yucca

 

If in doubt remove the plant!

 

Perches – Trees NOT to use

apricot

cherry

peach

prune

plum

nectarine



  This client information sheet is based on material written by Rick Axelson, DVM & Shawn Messonnier, DVM

© Copyright 2005 Lifelearn Inc. Used with permission under license. December 12, 2011