Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

The bird of paradise (Strelitzia spp.) is an easily recognised common perennial flowering plant found in both Australia and New Zealand. It is well known for its flashy orange, yellow or white flowers, which resemble the head of a bird.

Toxicity associated with this plant is not well described, but it is generally regarded as a minimally toxic plant. The Animal Poisons Helpline has received numerous calls regarding dogs ingesting the flowers, leaves and stems from these plants. Symptoms reported are generally limited to mild gastrointestinal upset (vomiting, diarrhoea, reduced appetite), however there are also less common reports of lethargy and ataxia (unsteadiness on the feet).

Our team at the Animal Poisons Helpline follows up all cases of poisoning or suspected poisoning that are reported to us. In all cases of bird of paradise ingestion that we have obtained outcome information for, symptoms have resolved within 24 hours of the first call to the Helpline.

If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline is a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.

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This post has been made possible by a grant from Animal Welfare Victoria.