Fruits and Veggies Your Parrot Can Eat

By Valdette Muller| October 11, 2016 | Blog

sh_fruit-for-parrots_sj_01Fresh fruit and vegetables are a great addition to your bird’s regular diet. Vegetables are a good source of minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates and should consist of 15-30% of your parrot’s diet. Fruits, which have higher sugar content should only comprise of about 5%.

Rinse all fruit and vegetables thoroughly before feeding, and remove any seeds or pits from fruit. Offer a wide variety of fruit and vegetables with different textures and tastes, as well as in a variety of forms, such as cooked or raw. Be creative when giving food, place food in the bars of the cage, or hang food from the top of the cage. You can feed a larger bird a whole corn on the cob for example, and this will also provide physical and mental stimulation. The aim is to get your bird to eat as many different kinds of fruits and vegetables as possible.

Suitable fruit and vegetables are:

  • Carrots
  • Green, yellow and red peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Bananas

There are some unsafe fruits and vegetables for parrots and the most toxic are avocados. The fruit’s skin and flesh contains persin which can kill a bird within minutes.  The persin acts as a poison to the bird’s digestive system. The seeds and pits of apples, peaches and plums contain a cyanide-like substance and should always be removed from fruit before feeding.

Onions in any form should not be given to parrots as they may cause anaemia.  Avoid tomatoes as well as mushrooms as these are unsuitable and may cause ulcers and even liver failure.

Sharing healthy snacks with your parrot is nutritionally beneficial and unhealthy snacks can be harmful or even fatal. It’s important to become familiar with the good and avoidable snacks for him or her. Feeding a balanced, and varied healthy diet and by avoiding toxic treats, you will ensure that your bird stays happy and healthy for many years to come.

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