Why is avocado poisonous to parrots

by ann castro

Avocados, Chocolate, Alcohol It is widely cited that avocados, chocolate and alcohol are poisonous to vultures. The question that now arises is: How toxic? Neither chocolate nor alki should be good for us humans either (although I personally believe that chocolate is vital for me ).

Here is an explanation translated from English (that's why it might sound a bit bumpy):


Chocolate, especially the high-quality variant, contains theobromine. It has been shown to cause respiratory bleeding and cardiac arrest in parrots. Death can occur quickly and no treatment option is known as the symptoms only appear after the damage has already occurred.

Cheaper types of chocolate contain less theobromine and therefore may not appear harmful immediately. However, there is reasonable assumption that small amounts are excreted by the birds that survive the ingestion, but the arteries are attacked, which has a cumulative effect over time. Birds that are given long-term “treatment” with chocolate can be seriously damaged over time, greatly reducing their long-term survival time.


Studies have shown that many species of birds, including several species of parrots, can perish after ingesting a single serving of avocado. Both the core and the pulp have fatal consequences, with the core leading to faster death.

The specific toxin does not seem to have been identified yet, but it seems sufficient to know that it is very dangerous and one shouldn't even think about feeding avocados to a bird.


Alcohol is a poison and can lead to extremely high blood pressure with quickly fatal results. A small sip of beer for a parrot is the equivalent of several schnapps for humans. Humans can cope with such abuse amazingly well, but parrots cannot.

Birds that get small alcoholic "treats" quickly develop chronic liver problems, high blood pressure and are prone to gum attacks and strokes. In addition, alcohol can weaken the immune system, making the parrot very susceptible to infections.

Greetings and careful feeding.

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Article author: Ann Castro
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