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Q: Will birds die from eating rice thrown at weddings?

A: This is a good example of an urban myth. And like many myths, it doesn’t go away easily. Many wild birds eat rice in agricultural fields, including House Sparrows. Some birds cause so much damage to rice crops that they are considered agricultural pests. You can throw rice at weddings without worrying about the birds, but some facilities ban throwing rice for another reason—it makes the sidewalk slippery and can be dangerous for the guests!