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Lovebird Saliva Toxic?

Postby alolanmaddy » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:39 pm

Hi all!

Recently I was told that lovebird saliva can be toxic (or even lethal) to other birds due to a specific bacteria that grows in their mouths, and it was recommended that I not house them together for this reason (among many others!).

While I do not intend to have my newly-acquired lovebird and 2-year-old cockatiel share the same cage, I am certainly looking forward to supervised playtime, shared meals, and general interactions between the two.

Has anyone else heard this claim and, if so, is there any truth to it? I tried doing some research but was unable to find anything saying as such.

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Re: Lovebird Saliva Toxic?

Postby Pajarita » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:25 am

Hi and welcome. Laptop not working right (deletes what I type) so reply will be short.

Not true! Birds have virtually no saliva (they don't chew or form a bolus) but what little they have is not toxic. It's our mouths (humans) that have bacteria that is very bad for them.
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