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Can birds eat bananas?

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Some birds will - the fruit-eaters certainly.  The Yellow-billed Magpies love any kind of common fruit, banana included.

Some of the really big Eagles like bananas - but they prefer you insert them into a monkey and shake vigorously first.  Wink

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Alright. Would starling? If so, I don't think I will put any out.

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I don't have an answer for that one - maybe someone else does.  Fortunately they haven't found me yet.

I'm of the general opinion that Starlings will strip the paint off the side of a barn, given half a chance...

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the magpies crows and ravens here eat almost any food scraps including the over ripe bananas. the starlings here come during the winter and i don't put fruit out in the freezing temps.

in the spring and summer i put out fruit pieces on a platforn dish of sliced bananas and watermelon and cantalope and grapes and cherrys according to what is on sale. the tanagers and orioles and grosbeaks for some reason  don't like plums but eat the other fruits.  the grosbeaks even like the dried banana and apple chips from the dehydrater. even the house finches peck at the fruit..

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here is a western tanager from last sumer eating his fruit with orange juice on it

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If I put bananas out, I would probably have 200 Red-crowned Parrots on my balcony! As for Starlings eating bananas, I'm sure they would. I used to keep Hill Mynas, which are pretty much glorified Starlings, and they loved bananas. Plus, Starlings are not known for their discriminatory tastes.

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When I was in South America (Ecuador) we had a Scarlet Macaw that I brought back from the jungle.   This bird was not a pet store bird and loved fruit.

Bananas were great for him... trouble was that he would crush the banana and devour... leaving much on his beak... then shake his head and shower the entire room with banana debris .

His favorite was (were?)... Grapes.   He would squawk loudly when he saw a grape bunch, grab one and gently tilt his head back, squeeze the juice into his throat.

This bird was a fruit eater... wild bird.

Fraser

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Thinking back to my retail and wholesale pet bird days, I can't remember any hookbills that didn't like bananas and grapes.

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Orioles and Tanagers eat bananas right off the plants here. (Well, not at my house - it's way too cold for bananas to grow here - but at lower elevations where they have banana plants!)

Helen

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