Birds Online
  Home > Nutrition > Forage plants > Chicory
  A chicory flowerThe chicory (Cichorium intybus) is 30 to 140 centimetres tall. From July to October this plant species flowers. Each flower head is about two to four centimetres in diameter. Most flowers are bright blue, in some cases they're white or a bit pink. Many birds like to eat half-ripe seeds of the chicory. But first they have to get used to this food from nature. You can find half-ripe seeds from July to October. The leaves are bitter and therefore most birds don't like to eat them.

Importance in naturopathy
In naturopathy chicory is used a mild-tasting appetizing drug. A pet bird weakened by disease can be fed with half-ripe chicory to increase the appetite.















All photos and the text on this page are protected by the copyright law. In case you'd like to use photos or texts for your own non-commercial purpose, please contact the author.