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Christmas Parrot Care
December 15, 2022

The holidays have officially gone to the birds … well, for some of us, anyway. Turtle doves and partridges in pear trees aside, many of our feathered patients will be having the time of their lives this month. Polly enjoys gifts and goodies just as much as the rest of us! However, you will need to take precautions to keep your winged friend safe. A Las Vegas, NV vet offers some holiday bird care tips below.


It’s probably safe to say that the majority of your holiday decorations are dangerous for Polly. Anything small or sharp is a hazard, as are things with strings or cords, such as ribbons and lights. Items coated with things like glitter or varnish are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.

Christmas Trees

Wild birds live in trees, so you may think it’s fine for Polly to play in your Christmas tree. However, that is definitely not the case. Your feathered friend could injure herself on sharp needles, ornaments, or ornament hooks, or try to eat tinsel. She could also get sap stuck in her feathers.


Candles and birds are an extremely dangerous mix. Even if Polly can’t fly, there is still the issue of smoke inhalation, which could make your cute pet very sick.


Those holiday spreads are a big part of many seasonal traditions. However, the kitchen is a dangerous spot for birds. They can burn themselves on hot burners or pots, cut themselves on sharp knives, or even fall into sinks or pots of hot and/or soapy water. Plus, many types of cookware give off toxic fumes. Keep Polly far away from the kitchen.


Treats are fine, but don’t give Polly anything unsafe. That includes chocolate, avocado, anything high in sugar, salt, or fat; alcohol; dairy products, coffee; and alcohol. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Keep Polly in her cage when people are coming or going. Having a full house? Put your feathered buddy in a quiet back room until your guests leave.


Don’t forget to pick up something for Polly! Perches and toys are pretty much the go-to here. You may also want to get your winged pal a bigger cage, or perhaps a fun swing or ladder.

Our Advice on Christmas Parrot Care in 2024

Why should pet birds be kept away from Christmas trees during the holidays?

Pet birds should be kept away from Christmas trees during the holidays because these trees can pose several hazards. The sharp needles of the tree can injure the bird, and the sap can get stuck in their feathers. It’s essential to be cautious with decorations such as tinsel, ornaments, and ornament hooks hung on the Christmas tree, as they can be dangerous if swallowed and cause choking or intestinal blockages. Additionally, many Christmas trees are treated with chemicals or pesticides, which can be toxic to birds. The combination of these factors makes Christmas trees unsafe for pet birds.

What are the risks associated with birds being around candles?

Birds being around candles pose significant risks. Firstly, there’s the danger of burns or fire if a bird flies too close to the flame. Secondly, birds have susceptible respiratory systems, and the smoke or scents from candles can cause respiratory distress or lung damage. Even candles marketed as ‘bird-safe’ or unscented can emit fumes harmful to birds. Additionally, heated wax can be dangerous if a bird lands in it. For these reasons, it’s best to keep candles out of rooms where birds are present to ensure their safety.

What types of holiday foods are unsafe for pet birds?

Several holiday foods, including chocolate, avocado, and anything high in sugar, salt, or fat, are unsafe for pet birds. These can cause serious health issues like obesity, heart disease, and even toxicity. Alcohol and caffeine are also dangerous, leading to severe health complications. Dairy products are not suitable due to birds’ inability to digest lactose. Additionally, avoid giving birds any foods with artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, which is toxic. Sticking to a bird’s regular diet and consulting with a vet before introducing any new foods is crucial.

How should pet bird owners manage their bird’s safety during gatherings with guests?

For pet bird owners, it is crucial to ensure the safety of their feathered friends during gatherings. It is recommended to keep the bird caged, particularly when the doors are frequently opened, to prevent escape. This precautionary measure safeguards the avian species from any harm caused by the guests or inadvertent human intervention, which might lead to the bird’s flight or potential injury. Placing the cage in a quiet, secure area away from the hustle and bustle helps reduce stress. Inform guests about proper interaction with the bird, if any, and strictly prohibit feeding the bird any human food. Regularly check on the bird for signs of stress or discomfort. If the bird is easily stressed by noise or unfamiliar people, consider moving it to a peaceful room until the gathering concludes. This ensures the bird’s safety and well-being amidst increased activity and potential hazards.

Who can pet owners contact for more detailed advice on holiday bird care?

Individuals who require extensive guidance on caring for their avian pets during holidays can consult with their nearest veterinarian, ideally one with expertise in avian medicine. These experts can provide tailored advice based on the bird’s specific needs. Bird clubs or avian enthusiast groups can also offer practical tips and share experiences. For online resources, reputable bird care websites and forums can be helpful. However, it’s always best to consult a professional for personalized guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of pet birds during the holiday season.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Flamingo Pet Clinic. Please contact us, your Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, anytime!