Can I give candies to my gray parrot? He like candies and cookies.
In general, many animals, including parrots, should not be given foods very high in sugar, fat, or sodium. It is not technically toxic, but too much of these things can cause various medical issues. There are also a variety of foods that are toxic or possibly toxic to parrots that can be found in sweets:
- xylitol - a sugar substitute that can be found in sugar free candies
- dairy (not toxic, but parrots are definitely lactose intolerant)
There are also other foods that are toxic that are less likely to be found in sweets. The following is not necessarily a comprehensive list of all things that are poisonous to parrots.
- Mushrooms (generally of the varieties not safe for human consumption either)
- Fruit seeds and pits such as apple seeds
- Plants from the allium family (garlic, onions, and so forth)
- Plants from the nightshade family (not including the fruit, as in tomatoes are okay)
- Comfrey, the herb
- Leaves from the rhubarb plant
"Safe" is an illusion. The "safest" thing to do is to not being born.
I know parrots who eat a little bit of chocolate now and then. They are still alive.
Xylitol is not "artificial", it is birch sugar. Some people seem to compare it to aspartame (which is complete and utter nonsense).
Some people also seem to think that the bacteria in our saliva are poisonous to parrots. My own experience proves that this is NOT the case.
Then there is this narrative about parrots being lactose intolerant. That too, according to my own experience, is nonsense. Our parrots eat yogurt every day and after many years, they still live happily without ever having diarrhea.