Can Cockatiels Drink Milk?

Although milk is not necessarily toxic for them, birds such as cockatiels do not digest lactose.

It is possible that your bird may try to take a bite of your food that contains dairy products when you are eating, and in small quantities, it is not likely to cause your bird much harm.

So if you want to give your cockatiel a rare treat, it should be fine.

However, generally, you should not allow your cockatiel to drink milk, eat cheese, or anything else that contains lots of lactose because it could cause issues with their digestion. 

I would advise you to ask your avian vet if it’s okay to do so

But honestly, don’t give your bird milk

It’s just best not to

Here’s what we are going to discover in this article

  • Can cockatiels drink almond milk?
  • What can cockatiels drink?
  • What cockatiels should not eat?

Lots to cover!

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

Can Cockatiel Drink Almond Milk?

Can cockatiels drink almond milk

It is important to know what you are able to feed your bird, and what you cannot.

There are many things that may surprise you that your bird can eat with little issues.

One of those things is almond milk.

This might be surprising to many as normal milk is usually a no-no for our feathered friends.

But you should keep in mind that like most foods, it is not recommended for your bird to drink almond milk in excess.

This is because almonds contain a high amount of fat that can be very healthy in small amounts, but too much of it can lead to health issues. 

Overall, it’s just best to keep your cockatiels away from milk

If you’re drinking milk and you feel bad not sharing with your birdie then best to drink it when your birds not there!

What Can Cockatiels Drink? 

Besides milk and small quantities of almond milk, there are a couple of other things your cockatiel can drink.

Give these liquids a go and expand your cockatiel’s diet!

Fruit juice 

Not only can your cockatiel drink juice but sometimes it is recommended for them to drink it.

In a normal cockatiel’s diet, it is possible that it may be deficient in some kind of vitamin which will be easy to replenish with a healthy juice.

When it comes to acidic juices such as orange juice, however, it might be best to dilute it a bit with water before you feed it to your bird.

Coconut Water

If you have some coconut water on hand, offer it to your cockatiel.

However, make sure to feed it to your bird only if it’s fresh and pure.

Although the coconut water itself is safe for cockatiels to drink, a lot of processed coconut water contains additional sugar to sweeten it.

In fact, pure coconut water is a great thing to have on hand if your cockatiel suffers from diarrhea as it is very hydrating.

As with almond milk, make sure to only feed these drinks in small quantities.

In the end, the only liquid that is healthiest for your bird is water after all.

Talk to your avian vet before you give your cockatiel any other drinks that you may want a second opinion about

It’s best to be safe than sorry!

What Cockatiels Should Not Eat?

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to take good care of your bird and to ensure that it doesn’t eat anything it shouldn’t.

There are a few foods that are quite toxic to your cockatiel, so avoid feeding these types of foods to your bird.


Avocados contain persin, a fatty toxin that causes heart damage, respiratory distress, and even sudden death in birds.

The smaller the bird, the more susceptible it will be to this toxin.

Thus, avoid feeding your cockatiel any avocado or anything foods that contain avocado.


Although your cockatiel may want a sip of your morning coffee, don’t be tempted to give in whatever you do! 

Even a single sip can be toxic to your cockatiel.

Caffeine can increase the heart rate and may even cause cardiac arrest.

Instead, give your cockatiel water or some fresh fruit juice. 


This might not be a surprising one as chocolate is toxic to many other types of pets as well.

Feeding your cockatiel chocolate may lead to an increased heart rate, potential seizures and even death if ingested in high doses.

Remember that the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is for your cockatiel.

Fruit Pits And Apple Seeds

Cockatiels should eat fruit as part of their varied diet in order to get their fill of vitamins, but be careful not to feed it any pits or seeds.

Apple seeds and fruit pits contain cyanide which is toxic for your cockatiel. 

Onion And Garlic

This is another one that you should avoid feeding to pets of all kind including dogs and cats.

These spicy vegetables can result in anemia in your bird.


This is a common sugar alternative that is found is sugarless gum and candies.

It has been found to cause severe hypoglycemia and liver damage in dogs and other animals.

Although the effect of it in birds has not been studied in detail, due to their faster metabolism, they may be more sensitive to these toxins, so it’s better to stay clear.

Final Words

When socializing your cockatiel, it’s a good idea to let your bird out its cage at meal time and to share your food.

This way, your cockatiel will feel that it is a part of the flock.

Although this is a great way to build that trust with your bird, it is also your responsibility to know what your cockatiel can eat and cannot eat.

For example, your cockatiel can ingest almond milk and coconut water, but be careful to not feed it chocolate or onion.

If your bird accidentally eats anything toxic, call an avian vet immediately for advice.

Also, talk to your avian vet before you add any new food or liquid to your cockatiels diet

It’s best to get advice from an expert!

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