More so than cats and dogs, birds are attracted to shiny objects that sparkle. This means that Christmas lights, garland and Christmas tree ornaments are going to be very attractive to a bird. But these items can be dangerous, even deadly to those avian friends.
Even a small bird has a powerful beak that can easily shatter a Christmas light, creating a situation that leaves the bird vulnerable to electrocution. Or, say a pet bird eats some garland – this can cause intestinal damage and even death.And then there are the ornaments on the Christmas tree – a large bird can easily topple a tree when landing, and a medium bird who can land on the Christmas tree can easily break glass ornaments as he explores them with his mouth.
With all these holiday decorating hazards, bird owners must take precautions. Clipping a bird’s wings will prevent flight, making it easier to prevent the bird from accessing the Christmas tree, the mantle and other locations. Constant supervision when out of the cage is also vital when these new, interesting and potentially dangerous holiday decorations are in the home.