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List of Items which are Poisonous to Parrots

Common Household Poisons: Acetone, Alcohol, Ammonia, Antifreeze, Ant Syrup or Paste, Arsenic, Asbestos, Bathroom Bowl Cleaner, Bleach, Boric Acid, Camphophenique, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Tetrachloride, Carpetfresh, Cat bites, Charcoal lighter, Chocolate, Chlorine, Clinitest Tablets, Copper and Brass cleaners, Corn and wart remover, Crayons, Deodorants, Detergents, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaners, Epoxy Glue, Fabric Softeners, Febreeze, Garbage Toxins, Garden Sprays, Gasoline, Gun Cleaner, Gunpowder, Hair Dyes, Herbicides, Hexachlorophene (in some soaps), Indelible Markers, Insecticides, Iodine Kerosene, Lead, Lighter Fluid, Linoleum (contains lead salts), Matches, Model Glue, Mothballs, Muriatic Acid, Mushrooms (some varieties), Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Nicotine, Oven Cleaner, Paint, Paint Remover, Paint Thinner, Perfume, Permanent Wave Solutions, Pesticides, Photographic Solutions, Pine Oil Plants, Perscription and non-prescription drugs, Red Squill, Rodenticides, Rubbing Alcohol, Scented Candles, Shaving Lotion, Silver Polish, Snail Bait, Spot Remover, Spray Starch, Strychnine, Sulphuric Acid, Suntan Lotion, Super Glue, Teflon (in pans, furniture and clothing), Turpentine, Weed Killers, Window Cleaners, Zinc - Adapted from Gary Gallerstein, Bird Owner's Home Health and Care Handbook (New York: Howell Book House, 1984); Sheldon Gerstenfeld, The Bird Care Book (Reading, Mass.:Addison-Wesley, 1981); and Margaret L. Petrak, ed., Diseases of Cage and Aviary Birds, 2nd Ed (Philadelphia, Lea and Febiger, 1982)

Common Poisonous Substances: Acids, Alkalis, Petroleum Products, Dishwasher Detergent, Drain Cleaner, Floor Polish, Furniture Polish, Gasoline, Kerosene, Paint Remover, Paint Thinner, Shoe Polish, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Wax (Floor of Furniture), Wood Preservative- Source Sheldon Gerstenfeld, The Bird Care Book (Reading, Mass.:Addison-Wesley, 1981)

Plants Considered Toxic to Birds: The following is a list of some potentially toxic plants. Be sure you correctly identify all plants in your bird's environment. When using these lists, ensure you use the Scientific Name to identify plants, and if uncertain remove the plant. (Abbreviations: Spp = Subspecies, Sp = Species)

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