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Fruit and Vegetables

The healthiest fruit and veg ted to have the deepest colors. Pale-fleshed apples, pears and turnips are low in nutrients, while vivid orange-fleshed peaches, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and carrots are terrific. They contain beta-carotene, which the parrot’s body converts to vitamin A, an essential nutrient for animal health.


Sulfur-crested Cockatoo feeding on sweetcorn
This Sulfur-crested Cockatoo loves her corn on the cob!

Dark green is another color to go for - nutrient-rich cabbages such as kale, along with broccoli and dandelion leaves, are packed with B vitamins, antioxidants and a multitude of minerals.

As a rule of thumb, make sure the vegetables outnumber the fruits in your parrots' diet by around 10:1. (Again, this is a general rule, and there are exceptions: Caiques, Eclectus and Lories are fruit fanatics and require more fruit than the other parrots).

The following fresh foods are suitable for most parrots:

  • Vegetables:
    • Alfalfa
    • Artichokes
    • Asparagus
    • Beet Greens (cooked)
    • Beetroot
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels Sprouts (cooked)
    • Carrots
    • Cauliflower
    • Chard (cooked)
    • Chicory
    • Corn (on the cob)
    • Cress and mustard
    • Dandelion Greens
    • Endive
    • Green Beans
    • Kale
    • Okra
    • Parsley
    • Peas (still in the pod)
    • Peppers (including hot ones)
    • Potato (cooked)
    • Pumpkin
    • Soy Beans
    • Spinach (in small amounts: it can prevent a parrot absorbing calcium if eaten in large amount)
    • Spring Greens (Collard Greens)
    • Squash
    • Sweet Potato
    • Turnip Greens
    • Yams

Rainbow Lorikeet feeding
A Rainbow Lorikeet mixing and matching fresh food and dry seed

  • Fruits:
    • Apples (no seeds)
    • Apricots (no stones)
    • Bananas
    • Blueberries
    • Cantaloupe
    • Cherries (stoned, and not too sweet)
    • Cranberries
    • Figs
    • Grapes (dark ones are best)
    • Guava
    • Kiwi
    • Mango (no skin)
    • Nectarines (no stones)
    • Orange (seedless)
    • Papaya
    • Peach (no stones)
    • Persimmons
    • Pineapple
    • Plantains
    • Plums
    • Pomegranates

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Comments

Zain, 7 May 2020

Hi, I have a question. Info Parrots


Theresa, 13 February 2020

How can I help my IRN with molting, he really takes strain for a while ,looks sad ,looks terrible, won’t let me hold him (he is very tame) is there a tonic or something that can help him with this process. He is 20/+ years old as I adopted him 6 years ago.and the previous owner had him about 15 yrs but before that he was a stray in their garden.hope you can give me some advice.


Hafsana, 1 February 2020

What is the quantity of pellets can I gave to my small African green parrot???


Dave, 7 January 2020

In the comments on fruit you fail to take in that my wife when mixing up the mushy feeds uses a range of other stuff and that parrots who don't like food ... chuck it.


Dave, 7 January 2020

Thank you for the information. It was what I needed as I will pass it over to my wife who has kept birds for 40 years. I was just curious on whether I could use Chinese Veg?

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