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Feed the birds

Do you know what a parrot eats?

What food and nourishment to give a parrot!

Tips for a good diet for your parrot


Nutritional deficiency is one of the biggest killers of captive parrots. In the medium and long term, malnutrition leads to chronic pecking (mutilation of the plumage), persistent infections of the respiratory system as well as a dysfunction of the immune defenses. In addition, the Food imbalance will also be visible at the level of the color of the feathers, the vitality of your animal (apathy), and the character (aggressiveness, folds, hyper-vocalization…).


The Parrot (Psittacus) belongs to the Climber family forming the order Psittaciformes. Curious and playful, the large Bird with perennial plumage lives between forty and seventy years depending on the species.

Whatever it’s country of origin, the diet of this large bird includes diets that vary and fluctuate with the seasons.


The daily food that a parrot eats has a combination of inseparable elements:

Extrudates or granules (balanced nutritional intake).
A mixture of seeds (vitamins, minerals, and trace elements).
From germinated seeds (proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzyme, chlorophyll, and trace elements).
Fruits and vegetables (provitamin A or beta-carotene).
From plants and grasses (vitamin A).
Mineral block or cuttlebone (calcium and iodine).
You can also occasionally provide whole and cooked grains such as wheat, rice, spelled, barley, oats, canary seed, quinoa, millet, corn, rye, and buckwheat.


Extensive research into avian nutrition has guaranteed the development of a balanced diet suitable for your bird. Having different needs than parrots inhabiting their natural environment, it is important to adjust proper nutrition to the specific energy needs of your pet bird. Indeed, having a large energy expenditure in food research, the wild parrot preferentially selects seeds rich in fat which, moreover, are only available at certain times of the year. This feeding practice is also exercised by the pet parrot and can lead to a risk of obesity as well as triggering liver and cardiovascular disease.

In order to ensure adequate nutrition and good health for your bird, the ideal solution is to provide extrudates. Extruded food is available in the form of granules containing a perfect supply of the nutritional needs of birds in captivity thus avoiding any risk of deficiency (no sorting possible).


The diet that a parrot eats should contain a balanced intake of protein, amino acids, minerals and vitamins. In addition, it is important to diversify the nutritional sources in order to stimulate your large bird and thus avoid eating disorders such as anorexia. Thus, it is advisable to cut small quantities of different types of food (granules, seeds, dried and fresh fruits, etc.). Undoubtedly, in its natural environment, the parrot roams vast spaces allowing it to access a diet of great diversity. Thus, a complete and enriching diet is essential for the physical and psychological well-being of your bird. In addition, balanced nutrition is adapted to each species and meets the needs of the

Precautions! The digestive system of Psitaccus is different from that of humans, so certain foods are prohibited at the risk of causing serious digestive disorders, even fatal.


How do I choose my parrot’s food? Quality of course! It is imperative to select a feed for birds with a high nutritional value of so-called premium quality. To do this, it is advisable to refer to trusted brands according to the size of your bird as well as the family to which it belongs.

The most popular varieties of food for the correct feeding of the parrot are available:

In the form of granules: The extrudates are generally made from crushed seeds cooked at high temperatures. The granules represent an essential complement to the diet of your bird. It is recommended that the granules constitute between ten to thirty percent of daily nutrition. The recommended seed / extruded ratio is sixty percent. However, the intake of this food source should be adjusted according to your pet’s needs and health. In addition, it is advisable to change the type of granules on a regular basis in order to avoid food fatigue.

In the form of seed mixtures: Usually, the balanced seed mixture is composed of millet (yellow, white, red and Japanese), oats, canary seed, sunflower, wheat, flax, sesame Schenevus or even cardy, sunflower, corn, rapeseed, black cumin, hemp or even peanuts. However, be sure to be vigilant about the diversity and quality of the seeds. Indeed, the mixture should not be too rich in millet and poor in so-called health seeds (canary seed, oats, flax, or sesame) in order to avoid the risk of obesity, fatty liver, and deficiency. Commonly, the mixture consists of seventy percent of grains and thirty percent of oilseeds. The seeds represent between fifteen to twenty percent of the diet depending on the species.

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