Safe List of Trees and Toy Materials

Safety First! Sourcing safe toys, materials and foods is simple. Stick to the safe list! And remember when in doubt, call your Avian Vet!

Safe List of Trees and Toy Materials

Harvest natural materials only where you know insecticides and herbicides are not sprayed. If in doubt, leave it out. Consider creating a backyard landscape to meet your parrot's needs.
House and Outdoor Plants:
  • Acacia Aloe
  • African Violet
  • Baby's Tears
  • Bamboo
  • Begonia
  • Bougainvillea
  • Chickweed
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Cissus/Kangaroo Vine
  • Coffee
  • Coleus
  • Corn Plant
  • Crab Apple
  • Dandelion
  • Dogwood
  • Donkey Tail
  • Dracena Varieties
  • Ferns (asparagus,birdnest, boston ,maidenhair)
  • Figs (creeping, rubber, fiddle leaf)
  • Figs (laurel leaf)
  • Gardenia
  • Grape Ivy
  • Hen's and Chickens
  • Herbs (see below)
  • Jade Plant
  • Marigold
  • Monkey Plant
  • Mother-in-Law's Tongue
  • Nasturtium
  • Natal Plum
  • Pepperomia
  • Petunia
  • Pittosporum
  • Prayer Plant
  • Purple Passion/Velvet Nettle
  • Schefflera (Umbrella)
  • Sensitive Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Swedish Ivy
  • Thistle
  • Wandering Jew
  • White Clover
  • Zebra Plant
Trees and Bushes:
  • Apple
  • Arbutus
  • Ash
  • Aspen
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Citrus (any)
  • Cottonwood
  • Crabapple
  • Dogwood
  • Elm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fir
  • Guava
  • Hawthorn
  • Larch
  • Madrona
  • Magnolia
  • Manzanita
  • Norfolk Island Pine
  • Nuts (except chestnut and oak)
  • Palms (areca, date, fan, lady, parlour)
  • Palms (howeia, kentia, phoenix, sago)
  • Pear
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Sequoia (Redwood)
  • Willow
Herbs and Greens:
  • Basil
  • Carrot Greens
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Cress
  • Dill Greens
  • Fennel Greens
  • Garden sorrel
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemongrass
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Mint
  • Mugwort
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Purslane
  • Roquette
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Water cress

Toy Materials

Wood: Pine, balsa, birch, basswood, poplar, maple, walnut, ash, apple, elm, cactus(cholla), manzanita.

Rope: 100% natural fiber ropes such as cotton, hemp and sisal.

Chain: Stainless steel is best, being non-toxic, zinc and lead free and easy to clean. Nickel plated is also acceptable. Links should be welded not open.

Acrylic: Safe and virtually indestructible. Should be at least 3/16 inch thick. Wood is preferable for birds who like to chew.

Leather: Great for birds to safely play with and chew; love to untie knots.**Only use vegetable tanned leather. Replace wet or soiled leather as bacteria may flourish.

Fasteners and Hooks: Quick links or C-clamps are the safest to attach toys to your bird’s play area. They can be tightened with pliers if your bird loosens them.

Rings: Properly sized so your bird can not get his head in and possibly choke.

Bells: Birds love to make noise. The cow or liberty bell design is safest. You must make sure the clapper (small component that bangs against the inside of the bell) can not be removed or it may be swallowed and present a choking danger. Should be appropriately sized for your bird.

* Various other safe materials include palm leaf and abaca fibers, cuttlebone, coconut shell and coco-husks.

UNSAFE Toy Materials Information

Woods: Cedar, red cherry, plywood, oak. ANY treated wood! Avoid flavored woods as the flavorings may encourage your birds to eat the wood.

Ropes: Avoid nylon, due to its strength it can result in cuts and other serious injuries.

Chains: Avoid zinc coated or galvanized chain and components. Birds are very susceptible to zinc toxicity. Avoid chain with open links as these may provide sharp surfaces and narrow openings where tongues or toes can become caught. Make sure links are properly sized for your bird and do not offer a place where body parts can become caught.

Acrylics: Make sure you do not give acrylic or plastic toys meant for smaller birds such as parakeets to larger birds. They may break the components too easily and if ingested the sharp edges may injure your bird.

Leather: Avoid dyed leather or leather tanned with chemicals (chromium and formaldehyde). Because of this you should avoid letting your bird chew on old leather items such as shoes, purses wallets, belts etc.

Fasteners: Avoid split key ring type fasteners, snap type hooks and spring loaded clips. As birds chew or play with these they all present the hazard of getting tongues or toes caught.

Rings: Avoid improperly sized rings in which your bird may get his head caught. Also, avoid toys that have multiple rings looped together as this presents an entanglement and possible hanging issue.

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