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Beware, You Should Never Feed Bread To The Birds

Your hobby of feeding the birds bread in a park or outside the house may turn lethal for your avian friends. Though bread is the common food you know which you can feed the birds, it can harm them. Feeding birds bread can develop them a deformity known as 'angel wing' which even result in a bird's death. According to Wikipedia, "Angel wing, also known as airplane wing, slipped wing, crooked wing, and drooped wing, is a syndrome that affects primarily aquatic birds, such as geese and ducks, in which the last joint of the wing is twisted with the wingfeathers pointing out laterally, instead of lying against the body."In an article published on Telegraph, Val Osborne, head of wildlife enquiries at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) quoted, 'Bread doesn't contain any of the vital ingredients birds need to breed and feed.'Experts have claimed that any food having added salt should be prevented from offering to the birds.Of course, tearing up slices of stale old crusts and spreading them out to watch the feathery flock gulping them looks pleasurable but feeding bread to our avian friends can do more damage than good. (Note: Cover image is for depiction purpose only)

Bread is junk food for birds. According to an article published on Daily Mail, bread doesn't prove birds the nutrition.

Dr Stanley Temple, the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said the food humans offer does not contain the right combination of nutrients that birds require."In warm weather, bread can quickly become moldy and make birds sick. If dry, stale bread is eaten quickly, it can lead to impaction of birds' digestive tract," he added.

According to Daily Mail, Dr Temple said, "When we studied winter bird feeding, we discovered that even when birds like chickadees had free access to bird feeders full of attractive seeds, they only obtained about a quarter of their food from the feeders. The rest they found from natural sources."

Avian Conservation Program manager, Joe Liebezeit, who works for the Audubon Society of Portland said that if birds get used to being fed by humans, they'll associate with a person for food and walk towards them. "You must have often noticed that these geese or ducks come right up to you," he remarked.

Liebezeit says, "There are some avian diseases like avian cholera and avian botulism that are especially a problem in areas where birds are clustered together. That can lead to mass mortalities."

So, leave your breadcrumbs at home and spend time with birds through other ways.

Let's do it!

But the good news is still to be heard...It is that there are plenty of leftovers from our kitchen, from uncooked oats to pastry that can be donated to your neighbourhood birds.

The list includes... leftover cake, sunflower seeds, millet, jacket potatoes, peanuts, pinhead oatmeal and animal fats which are safe for the birds.

What you put out also makes a difference to the kind of bird you attract. For eg., you can serve apple if you want to sleek inky plumage to hear its melodic song and peanuts would attract Starlings.