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Shannon Fujimoto Nakaya, DVM


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Hazards and Toxins

Written by Shannon Fujimoto Nakaya, DVM


Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is not intended as a substitute for veterinary care.

Mongooses, cats, dogs, rats, and even hawks can be a significant threat to birds. Small, young, and weaker birds in particular, need to be protected from the biologic prey instincts of other animals. Even superficial wounds can lead to septicemia and shock.


Those of us who live in Hawaii know that there are dozens of strains of avocados and some of us know birds that ate avocado and lived to tell about it. There are also numerous reports of entire groups of birds dying after someone unknowingly offered them avocado. I suspect some strains of avocado are more toxic than others and that some species of bird are more sensitive than others, but no one knows the details. So why take any chances?


Common houseplants that are toxic include:

Open Windows and Doors

Under the proper conditions even birds with clipped wings can fly.

Mirrors and glass
Hot objects
  • Range tops
  • Wood stoves
  • Ovens
  • Griddles, pots, pans, soups, gravy.
 Ceiling fans
 Vacuum cleaners
 Open toilet bowls
 Too much nature
  • Outdoor cages need areas protected from sun, wind, rain, rodents and predators.
 Objects with lead, zinc, or other heavy metals
  • Many building materials contain zinc including plaster and caulking.
  • Solder often contains lead
  • Older paints (before 1978) often contain lead.
  • Galvanized wire, dishes, clamps, closures.
  • Antique jewelry, picture frames, bird cages.
  • Human vitamin-mineral supplements.
Noxious fumes
  • Industrial solvents
  • Smoke
  • BURNT TEFLON CREATES LETHAL FUMES FOR BIRDS. Use extreme caution with non-stick cookware and irons.
  • Insecticides


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