Parrots can eat various berries, mangos, papayas, plums, pomegranates and apples, among other fruits. However, the seeds and pits of fruits should always be removed, because they can be toxic to parrots. In general, choose bright, colorful fruits high in vitamin A.
Keep apples and grapes limited; they are higher in sugar and can lead to weight gain. Parrots should eat a high volume of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, with plenty of variation to provide a complete nutritional profile and keep them interested in meals. Parrots benefit from eating leafy dark greens, winter squashes, cooked sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Parrots also enjoy cooked starches and grains given in small amounts as treats.
Some parrots also need nuts in their diet, but most species enjoy them as an additional treat as well. When feeding nuts, make sure there are no signs of mold on the shell and be careful with peanuts, whose shells carry aspergillosis, a potentially deadly fungus. Parrots can also eat meat, provided it is cooked and in small quantities only.
When feeding a parrot fresh fruits and vegetables, provide small serving sizes, chopping them up. Even if only providing fresh food as a supplement to pellets or seeds, fruits and vegetables should be sliced to prevent birds from overeating or leaving food behind to spoil.Learn More
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