Are Nandina Berries Toxic to Birds?
The number of berries a bird eats determines how it will affect the bird. (Photo by Canva)
Heavenly bamboo, commonly referred to as nandina, is a popular, evergreen landscape plant that produces vibrant red berries and resembles hollies.
You’ve probably heard that the red nandina berries are toxic and harmful to birds. Is there any truth to that claim?
Yes, nandina berries are toxic. They contain cyanide. In large amounts, they can be deadly to birds. However, birds that eat small quantities of berries will likely be fine.
Berries are typically not the first food source birds seek out. They hunt for seeds, insects, plants, and nuts to provide them with nutrients to survive. If those food sources are not readily available, they will eat berries in small amounts.
While it is true that nandina berries are toxic, the number of berries a bird eats determines how it will affect the bird.
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