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What seems harmless to us may be poisonous to parrots. Parrots, like all birds, are much more sensitive to some substances that are less dangerous to humans, dogs and cats, due to their special respiratory anatomy.


Pans coated with Teflon are only dangerous if they are overheated (e.g. when the oil is burnt). At high temperatures, Teflon vapours are emitted, which almost always cause sudden death in parrots because they severely damage the respiratory tract.

Self-cleaning ovens

Self-cleaning ovens that clean themselves at high temperatures can also be dangerous. It is therefore recommended that parrots are removed from the kitchen while cleaning is taking place. And only return them after the cleaning after the rooms have been thoroughly aired.

If you have the slightest suspicion that a parrot may have inhaled poisonous fumes, take it to another room as soon as possible. Even if the parrot seems to be fine for now. Parrots tend to hide signs of illness, and are likely to be illThe new parrots are discussed here.

Contaminated air

During the heating season, Lithuania is increasingly experiencing high levels of particulate air pollution. Such air can be dangerous for parrots. Therefore, if there are elevated levels of particulate matter outside, or if you smell the smell of burning solid fuels, it is better not to ventilate the room where your parrot lives.

Household Chemistry

As a general rule for household chemicals, if the product has any odour at all, it may be dangerous for parrots. Aerosols, drying paints, chemicals are very dangerous. Chemical perfumes, colognes, disinfectant liquids, some cosmetics, cleaners, detergents, fresheners, home/car odours are also suspected of being harmful. These substances can sometimes cause allergies in parrots and lead to feather moulting.

Dry cleaning of clothes

Dry cleaning of clothes uses chemicals that are particularly dangerous for parrots. Therefore It is recommended to leave your clothes outside to air out after dry cleaning before taking them home.


Cigarette smoke is undoubtedly dangerous for parrots. Interestingly, however, parrots can also get nicotine poisoning through their skin. It turns out that parrot skin absorbs nicotine when a parrot perches on the arm of a person who has just smoked. Therefore, hands should be washed with soap before picking up a parrot.

Domestic plants

Many domestic plants are dangerous for parrots because parrots like to taste them.

Metals – zinc and lead

Zinc and lead are the most common poisoning agents for parrots. Heavy metal poisoning almost always results in death. It is therefore useful to know where the main sources of these metals that are dangerous for parrots are.

Sources of zinc poisoning in parrots:

Galvanised metals, nuts, washers, bolts, locks, fasteners. Parrots scrape, lick and poison themselves.Some cages may be coated with zinc. If parrots dig up the cage, it should be replaced with a

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