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Correct, all green parts are a no-no so, when you get a tomato with the calyx (the little green 'crown') still attached to it, you should remove it same as you would do for human consumption but tomatoes are perfectly fine for birds. As a matter of fact, there are few veggies that are as nutritious as a tomato because they are not only high in betacarotene (vit A precursor) and vit C, they also have the antioxidant lycopene, which destroys free-radicals and contributes to bone health, as well as enzymes that lower bad cholesterol, triglycerides and prevent clumping of platelets (all related to cardio-vascular health).
My parrots, canaries and finches have been eating tomatoes (cherry, grape and regular) both fresh and in paste (I add it to the water where I cook their whole grains in) for over 20 years without a single problem.