Is Pothos Safe for Birds? Toxic / Poisonous? (Solved)



Despite its great ornamental value, pothos is not a safe plant to keep around birds. All Epipremnum and Scindapsus cultivars contain toxic calcium oxalate crystals. They won’t kill your pet bird but can make it severely ill if eaten.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re keeping pothos plants in your home, bird cage, or aviary.

Let’s Explore: Is Pothos Poisonous for Birds?

Pothos or Devil’s Ivy is not safe for pets — including birds such as budgies, parakeets, conures, cockatiels, or any species of parrots.

Can Eating a Pothos Plant Kill Your Pet Bird?

It’s highly unlikely that your pet bird will die if it eats pothos or Devil’s Ivy. For starters, it will need to eat a significant amount of stems and leaves for the toxins to take effect.

What to Do If Your Bird Ate a Pothos Plant

Start by identifying how much pothos did your bird eat. Then, check the leaves and stems. Do they only have a few bite marks or scratches? Or is the plant missing several leaves?

Do Birds Eat Pothos?

Birds do not eat pothos as part of their natural diet. All Epipremnum species developed calcium oxalate crystals as a defensive mechanism.

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