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- Black Elder (Sambucus nigra)
The ripe fruits (berries) of the Black Elder (Sambucus nigra) are a delicacy for many bird species. In addition to our native wild birds, parrots such as budgies and cockatiels also like to eat these small, vitamin-rich fruits. This plant species belongs to the moschatel family (Adoxaceae). Elder bushes grow up to eleven meters tall and can be found in parks and gardens as well as in groves and along roadsides in Central Europe. You can pick ripe fruits in August and September. Flowers can be found in spring. They are very rich in nectar, but unfortunately slightly poisonous. This is why you should better not serve them to birds. In case you want to do it anyway, you should only offer them in small quantities.
You can find more photos of this species on naturgucker.de (German website, but also available in English language).