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What should I feed my parrot?
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 as the main part of your parrot's menu as they have a tendency to pick out just the tastiest bits - which can end up resulting in obesity and nutritional imbalance.
Read more about feeding your parrot and transitioning to a pelleted diet.
Best parrot foods
|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.|
Why are fruits and vegies important?
Fresh fruit and vegetables are a delicious, healthy treat (fruit in moderation) for your bird and are an important source of enrichment. Make sure to offer lots of variety to keep them guessing and add in a foraging toy for extra fun!
Fruit & vegetables to feed your parrot
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 that parrots shouldn't eat
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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