List of food you should not give your lovebird
Giving your lovebird a proper diet is important for their health and well being. It is therefore important to know what you should not give your lovebird to eat or drink.
Your lovebird’s digestive system is completely different than your own. Therefore, it cannot eat certain types of food. Some can even be toxic to your lovebird, like alcohol, chocolate and avocado.
Fruit and fruit seeds/pits that are toxic for a lovebird
The seeds of some fruits contain substances (like cyanide) that are highly toxic for you lovebird. The fruit itself might still be fine for your lovebird to eat.
The following fruit seeds/pits should not be in your lovebird’s diet:
- Apple seeds
- Apricot pits
- Cherry pits
- Nectarine pits
- Peach pits
- Pear seeds
- Plum pits
The following fruit shouldn’t be given to your lovebird:
Vegetables you should not give your lovebird
Vegetables should be on your lovebird’s menu every day. However, don’t give your lovebird the following vegetables in any shape or form (raw, cooked or dehydrated). They might cause upset stomach, food poisoning, liver failure, anemia and more.
- Eggplant (Aubergine)
- Mushrooms (any kind)
The leaves, stems and vines of the plants in the nightshade family are also very toxic for your lovebird. Vegetables such as potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and eggplants fall under this group. Never give your lovebird the leaves, stems and vines of these plants.
Avoid giving lovebirds the following spices
We love to spice up our food. While there are many spices that are safe for your lovebird to eat, there are a few you should avoid.
- Salt/sodium. This includes salted chips, popcorn, pretzels etc. Salt upsets your lovebird’s fluid system. It can cause dehydration, kidney failure and death.
Food that is best to avoid giving to lovebirds, but not as harmful
Not all food is deadly to your lovebird. Maybe your lovebird managed to get some of it by sneaking it off your plate. It’s not that bad in that case, but avoid feeding them the following:
- Dairy products with milk (cheeses, milk, yogurt, butter, etc.), your lovebird is lactose intolerant.
Food that is harmful when not prepared correctly
Some food is harmful to give to your lovebird unless you remove part of it or cook it first.
- Celery, remove the stringy stems
- Raw dried beans, cook them first.
- Sweet potatoes, cook them first.
- Tomato, when cooked properly, the acid is gone, and your lovebird can eat some of it in moderation.
Fluids your lovebird should not drink
Wild lovebirds only drink plain water. As a pet, we might want to give them something else than only plain boring water. But you should avoid the following fluids to make sure your lovebird doesn’t get sick.
- Alcoholic drinks
- Caffeinated drinks (this includes coffee, tea and energy drinks)
- Carbonated drinks
- Chocolate milk
- Soft drinks
Food ingredients to avoid giving your lovebird
Sometimes it’s the ingredients that should be avoided. Read the labels to find out if the food you are about to give your lovebird contains any of the following.
- Artificial coloring
- Artificial flavoring
- High fat food
- Xylitol (artificial sweetener, used in gum or sugarless food)
Other food that should be avoided
- Fried food