Arbutus: Arbutus is a poison to the birds?

Discussion in 'Ericaceae (rhododendrons, arbutus, etc.)' started by gabrielalea35, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. gabrielalea35

    gabrielalea35 Member

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    Hello. Please can someone help me.I find in my area a die Arbutus and most of the three I like to use for my Macaw and make for her a play stand I need to know if any of you know if these tree is a poison to the birds?
    Thank you so much to anyone for the help.
    Regards, Lea
     
  2. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Re: Is Arbutus poison to the Birds

    gabrielalea35,
    I just googled a few listings and found nothing to say that Arbutus were poisonus. One place under small bird uses in the wild mentioned food & cover. I also had a friend that raised birds tell me they were good as caged bird perches because they lasted longer than the commercial ones. To be safe check with your local forestry people.
    barb
     
  3. woodschmoe

    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    I've noticed the "World Parrot Refuge" in Coombs on Vancouver Island uses some arbutus for perches; you could contact them to make sure.
     
  4. gabrielalea35

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    Yes.. I call them and I'm waiting for the answers... Thank you so much for yours advice... lea
     
  5. M. D. Vaden

    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    You might bookmark this page I put together for future reference.

    Wish it had more names.


    http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml

    We have a Macaw too - Blue and Gold.

    The Arbutus is on the safe list for perches. I'm not sure about leaves or berries for pet birds like parrots.
     

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