I know that several bird breeders use eucalyptus branches and leaves in their aviary's and the birds supposedly love it. However, I've also read accounts of birds dying from eating eucalyptus. Are only some parts of eucalyptus trees safe, or are there toxic and safe varieties? Can anybody shed some light on this? Has anyone used eucalyptus before?
Eucalyptus is safe for birds. The parrots and cockatoos here in oz eat the flowers and nuts and love a good chew on the branches with no ill effect. I use all of the above with my birds and have never had a problem. Some birds such as the red capped parrot (that's what my Elmo is) can only be found where certain species of eucalypts are found as they are essential for their diet and survival.
I have large eucalyptus branches in my aviary and I have small branches in my cages indoors, on the odd occasion when the trees are in flower or I can get hold of branches with the nuts on them, my birds find them very enjoyable. I have seen places that sell chew bells and toys that are made from a selection of gum nuts and native tree nuts and branches only obtained in Australia, not sure what you can located were you are. I guess us aussie are a bit lucky having gum trees in our back yards.
As for reading about birds dying from eating the eucalyptus, guess you need to know where the eucalyptus products were obtained and if they had any toxins on them, I'm very particular where I get mine from, for example not from public areas as the local councils spray for weed eradication.
funny this came up, i have just bought plant for my birds. Be awhile before they can enjoy it. What type of eucalptus is best, there is about 4 different ones we can get over here. i was hoping i bought the right one