Forbidden Food for Parrots

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 7, 2016
Forbidden Food for Parrots

Parrots are not a species, but a family of birds. Their scientific name is Psittacidae; this group contains approximately 300 species which possess similar characteristics. The family is subdivided into two subfamilies, Psittacinae (Afrotropical parrots) and Arinae (Neotropical parrots) depending on each species' geographical origins.

Nowadays many people consider parrots to be exceptional pets, their most noticeable characteristic being their beautiful multi-colored plumage. If you decide to bring an animal into your home, you must know that regardless of the chosen species, it will need care and a specific diet in order for it to be healthy and happy.

In order to help you, here at AnimalWised we have an article on the forbidden food for parrots.

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What do parrots eat?

If you've decided to adopt a parrot, you should be aware that it's as important to know the food that parrots can't eat as it is to know the food that should be included in their normal diet. This way, you'll be able to meet all of your pet's nutritional requirements which will result in a good state of health and a longer and happier life.

An complete and balanced diet for your parrot should include the following:

  • Fruits: Parrots can eat any kind of fruit including apples, oranges, pears, apricots, melons, strawberries, tangerines, grapefruits and bananas, among others. You should take into account that you need to provide it with a mixture of at least 3 different fruits every day, and that you should regularly change the combination so that it doesn't consume an excess of one fruit in particular - especially those which are high in sugars.
  • Vegetables should also be part of a parrot's daily diet. You can give it spinach, broccoli, chard, endive, carrots, radishes, spring garlic, celery stalks and peppers. As in the case of fruits, it's very important to keep them varied.
  • Dry bird food: Whilst not essential, it comes highly recommended to supplement the parrot's diet with dry bird food. It should be specifically designed for Psittacidae.
  • Seeds shouldn't be given as often as fruits or vegetables, but they're equally important. You can feed your parrot dry seeds and sprouts.

Learn more about fruits and vegetables for parrots here.

Forbidden Food for Parrots - What do parrots eat?

Forbidden food for parrots

You should take into account the characteristics of your parrot's digestive system when deciding on what food to feed it. It's very important to prevent your pet from eating food that can be poisonous or cause multiple and dangerous adverse effects.

If you want to keep your parrot in a good condition, stop it from ingesting any of the following forbidden foods:

  • Salt
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Milk
  • Alcohol
  • Meat
  • Soft drinks
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Sugar in general
  • Coffee
  • Raw tubers
  • Parsley
  • Aubergine
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Apple or pear seeds
  • Fried foods
  • Food with artificial colourings
  • Foods with artificial flavours
  • Preserves
  • Artificial juices
  • Spices

Whilst you shouldn't give milk to your parrot, you can add salt-free dairy products to its diet if they're given in moderation. The Amazon species should avoid pips and peanuts, because these foods are highly calorific and these birds are highly prone to obesity.

If you take this information into account and properly monitor your pet's diet, it will be able to enjoy optimal nutrition and be healthy as a result.

Forbidden Food for Parrots - Forbidden food for parrots

What are the symptoms of poisoning in parrots?

As mentioned above, it can be poisonous for your parrot to consume a forbidden food, which will lead to a series of adverse reactions which will compromise its health. Some of the symptoms that your parrot is ill are the following:

  • Reduced mobility
  • Closed eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Significant increase in appetite
  • Shortness of breath and an open beak
  • Noticeable increase in water intake
  • Isolation in a corner of the cage
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight loss

These symptoms aren't only the result of food poisoning, but can also arise from a wide variety of underlying conditions. This is why it's vitally important to go to the vet straight away if you notice any of the symptoms discussed above.

Forbidden Food for Parrots - What are the symptoms of poisoning in parrots?

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for Psittacidae. What is Psittacise dry food. I have not got my parrot yet but have boufgt a big bag of Tui brand dry food forr parrots. Tui is a NZ brand, I hope this is okay? It just has me worried. There is no other place I have seen bird seed, not even at the pet stores in Hamilton.
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Hi Jayne,

We don't know the specifics of the Tui brand, but we will say that most bird food comes dried. The reason for this is that the other types of food you will want to feed them are the same fresh fruit and vegetables which humans can buy in a market. It is not like dog or cat food which comes in both dry and wet varieties. This doesn't mean they can eat all the same food, so maybe this article will be useful for you:

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