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What is the best parrot food?
Getting their nutrition right is essential to keeping your parrot happy and healthy! Your parrot's ideal diet will vary depending on their size and natural habitat, but the base should be made up of a good quality, complete and balanced pellet. Avoid feeding seed mixes as the mainstay of your parrot's diet as they will tend to pick out only their favourite bits and can quickly become overweight or develop nutritional deficiencies.
Read more about why your parrot should be eating pellets.
What to feed your parrot
|Cockatiels & budgies||50% good quality pellets, 30% budgie seed mix, 20% vegetables plus a small amount of fruit.||Try Peckish Naturals Adult Hookbill Small Pellets: all natural and enriched with essential vitamins and minerals, the consistent distribution of nutrients through each pellet prevents birds from selectively eating particular ingredients, a drawback of seed based diets.|
|Galahs & cockatoos||50% pellets, 30% fresh fruit and vegetables, 10% seeds or millet, and 10% fresh grass and native Australian plants||Try Passwell Parrot Pellets: a low fat alternative to seed based diets and enriched with omega fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins & minerals for superior, balanced nutrition.|
|Most other parrots||90% good quality pellets, 10% vegetables plus a small amount of fruit||Try Vetafarm Parrot Essentials: a complete extruded pellet diet suitable for pet and breeding parrots featuring 5% real fruit and 5% fresh nuts for variety and enrichment.|
What fruits & vegetables should be on my parrot's menu?
Adding some fruits and vegies to your parrot's diet is important for enrichment, offer a wide variety of safe foods and make use of foraging toys to increase the challenge.
Recommended fruit & vegetables for parrots
Corn, capsicum, zucchini, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, beans, peas, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, small amounts of apple, melons, stone fruits (remove stone first).
Foods you shouldn't feed your parrot
Celery stalks, iceberg lettuce, avocado, onion, garlic, rhubarb, chocolate.
Want to know more? Check out our Beginner's guide to bird care.
Author info: Teagan Lever - Pet Circle In House Veterinarian
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