Hello! This is a brief listing of some of the more commonly found toxic and non-toxic plants. The non-toxic group can be used; if you wish, in plantings in an aviary, or in pots around your birds – with most species, though, you can expect at least a little pruning! A group of canaries can mow all of the green off almost any plant in incredibly short order, so if you keep these birds, you should plan on rotating or replacing your plants fairly often.
There are two dangers to remember to watch for when buying nursery plants. If you get your plants at a non-organic nursery, be sure to check carefully to see that they do not have pelleted fertilizer mixed into the dirt. This is usually a sign of a good quality plant, BUT the birds can eat these, and they are poisonous. If you buy a plant with these pellets in the soil, take out the top inch or so of dirt and replace it with plain organic potting soil.
No matter what the nursery you buy from uses for fertilizers and pesticides, plan to leave all nursery plants outside in the rain or hose them off thoroughly for several days running to be sure to have remove all traces of any sprays and insecticides before giving the birds access to the new plants.
Please note that this is a very limited, basic list – if you have a plant you would like to check on, and it is not listed here, please use a good meta-search engine like Google to find out more before deciding whether or not to use it. Never offer your birds any plant unless you are absolutely sure that it is non-toxic. The risk is quite simply not worth it – plants can be had fairly cheaply, but you can’t replace your bird’s life.
The following trees may be used in an aviary, or their branches may be cut, cleaned, and used as perches as long as they have not been sprayed with pesticides and/or fertilizers.