Parrots are pretty sensitive to toxins in their environment because of their fast metabolisms and delicate respiratory systems. If you plan to make a parrot part of your family, you should avoid certain foods, as well as things that may release toxins into the air.
Chemicals such as household cleaning products, bleach, perfume, glue, insecticides, oven cleaner, nail-polish remover, hair spray and smoke are toxic to parrots. These can be toxic if a parrot eats or inhales them.
Teflon coating on cookware and kitchen appliances emits toxic fumes when they are overheated. These fumes are highly toxic to parrots when inhaled.
Just because you enjoy it doesn't mean it's safe for your parrot. Foods like chocolate, avocado, mushrooms, onions, salt, rhubarb and dried beans are all unsafe for parrots. Cooked beans, however, are OK.
You can enjoy certain beverages, but don't be tempted to share them with the bird. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol can both be deadly to your parrot.
Plants that humans enjoy for food can be toxic, such as tomato leaves, apple seeds, agave, apricot seeds, eggplant leaves and potatoes. Ornamental plants such as amaryllis, hydrangea, asparagus fern, azalea, lantana, kalanchoe, begonia, morning glory, poinsettia, catnip, philodendron, chrysanthemum, daffodil, tulip, Easter lily, yucca and ficus are also toxic. Other toxic plants include marijuana and tobacco.
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