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Foods Not Fit for Parrots

Always check what foods are ideal for your individual breed of parrot. In general they are a pleasingly omnivorous breed. The most important list of foods you will ever see in relation to this family of birds is the short one that contains things that you should NOT feed them, namely:

  • Chocolate and cocoa powder
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Refined sugar (alone or in sweets, biscuits and cakes)
  • High-salt foods

  • Citron Cockatoo eating food
    Watch out - parrots like this Citron Cockatoo will happily eat things that are bad for them

    The items in the list above are the real baddies; but the following are best avoided too:

    • Apple, pear, apricot and peach seeds/stones (they contain arsenic)
    • The green parts of aubergine (eggplant)
    • Beans – many raw beans are mildly toxic for parrots, so it’s best to avoid them all
    • Bread - unless it’s low-salt organic wholemeal
    • Cereals produced for humans (cornflakes, etc - these are over-packed with vitamins and minerals, not to mention sugar)
    • Cheese and other dairy (they may upset the stomach)
    • Citrus (with the exception of oranges)
    • Crackers and biscuits/snacks produced for humans animals – salt and sugar are hazards here
    • Dates – these are too sugary
    • Fish and seafood (unless your species of parrot is known to digest these easily)
    • Garlic
    • Honey
    • Meat and poultry (raw - cooked is fine for many parrot species)
    • Milk or milk products - budgies find lactose hard to digest (some seed mixes contain a digestible dried milk protein, but it’s not something you need to replicate)
    • Mushrooms and other fungi
    • Nutmeg
    • Onion
    • Passion fruit
    • Shelled peanuts (raw ‘monkey nuts’ are fine)
    • Potatoes (raw)
    • Rhubarb
    • Tomatoes: red are fine, green are toxic

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