Can Birds Eat Twizzlers? Here’s What We Found Out

Read this before sharing your licorice 🐦

can birds eat twizzlers

If you’ve ever pulled out Twizzlers to snack on and heard your parrot ask you for a bite, you may have wondered: Can birds eat Twizzlers?

Turns out, your bird (and wild birds, too) shouldn’t have any type of licorice at all. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other delicious foods listed below that you can happily share with your bird.

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Can birds eat Twizzlers as a treat?

No, birds can’t eat Twizzlers, which are made mostly of corn syrup and sugar and don’t actually include any licorice. Birds also can’t eat actual licorice or any candy, really!

It’s best for birds to avoid candy because although sugar isn’t technically toxic to them, sugar still isn't good for birds.

Some other foods birds shouldn’t have include:

Along with foods high in sugar, you should also avoid feeding your bird foods high in fat and sodium because she’ll have a tough time digesting them. Birds are also considered lactose intolerant, so hold off on the dairy.

Can birds eat licorice?

While licorice root isn’t technically found in the most common flavors of Twizzlers, it’s important to know if birds can eat licorice, too. Licorice is considered toxic to parrots specifically, but it’s probably a good idea to keep it away from birds of all types just in case.

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What snacks can birds eat?

If you’re looking for some safe and healthy fruits and veggies for your bird, these are all delicious and nutritious to share with your parrot, parakeet or other kind of pet bird:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Zucchini

When feeding your bird fruits and vegetables, make sure they only make up about 15–30 percent of their diet, according to Dr. Laurie Hess and Dr. Rick Axelson at VCA Animal Hospitals.

So while your bird can’t eat Twizzlers, there are plenty of healthy foods you can share with her.