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Fruit and Vegetables

There is a lot to be said for using colour as your guide, when it comes to fresh foods. Foods low in nutrients such as pale-fleshed apples, pears and turnips should be omitted in favour of orange-fleshed foods such as peach, pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot. These contain beta-carotene, which the parrot’s body converts to vitamin A.

Eclectus parrot eating vegetables
Parrots love fresh food - this Eclectus is no exception

Dark green is generally another colour to favour in parrot food. Nutrient-rich kale, broccoli and dandelion leaves are good, packed with B vitamins, antioxidants and a whole witches’ brew of minerals. In general, vegetables should outnumber fruits in a parrots diet by about 10:1. But there are exceptions, and Caiques, Eclectus and Lories require more fruit than other parrot species.

The following 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
Rainbow Lorikeet enjoying mix of fresh food and 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

Ringnecked Parakeet blue type
Ring-necked Parakeet (blue type) enjoying an orange

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Jordan, 15 November 2021

Does any one know if Electuses can have Swede?

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.