What Should Parrots Eat?

Author: Garrett Glauser | Reviewed by: Nancy George | February 24, 2022 | Updated May 24, 2023
feeding a parrot, healthy foods, parrots
Pets And Animals Tips is reader-supported. A purchase from clicking through a link in our articles may earn us an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you.
facts parrots
Photo by facts parrots

A simple rule of thumb to follow when feeding a parrot is to make sure their diet is as colorful as their feathers. A healthy and nutritious diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, seeds and pellets. Parrots will literally eat anything from apples to spinach. In their natural habitat, parrots naturally search for these healthy foods, so the goal is to offer them their most natural source of food or healthiest alternative. Feeding your pets, especially parrots, highly processed foods can make them sick, or even worse, kill them.


Some owners give their parrots chicken bones. Some vets recommend chicken bones as a good source of protein while others warn against it due to the amount of fat that could be consumed.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are a parrot’s favorite treat and are often used as a reward when teaching your bird new tricks or tasks. You can feed your parrot almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios and even peanut butter! Sunflower and safflower seeds are other common seeds that parrots enjoy which are also healthy for them.

Fruits and Vegetables

Parrots enjoy a large variety of fruits and vegetables, like apples, bananas, citrus fruits, papaya, passion fruit and peaches, just to name a few. They’re not picky with their vegetables either—they’ll eat asparagus, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, even hot peppers! The list of nutritious, enjoyable fruits and vegetables is endless to feed your bird!


Not all pet owners have the time and money to give their parrot fresh fruits and vegetables, so while you should try and offer them fresh food as often as possible, pellets are a great alternative. They are usually cheaper and more convenient because there is no preparation—just a scoop a day will keep your feathered friend happy and healthy all day.

To wrap it all up, it really is key to have a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and nuts to make sure your feathered friend keeps its feathers as bright as their plate!

About the Author

facts parrots

Garrett Glauser

Garrett was raised in Morgan, Utah, a small town 25 miles outside of Ogden, Utah. Garrett grew up playing football and basketball, traveling across the country to do so at a young age. Seeing many different cultures made Garrett want to expand on life outside of sports and had a deep interest in drawing, writing, and photography. While in school G[...] Author Details

What’s Trending

What Size Cage Does a Parrotlet Need

If you are looking for a pet bird that is small, colorful and full of [...]

What Is the Best Cage for a Canary

Anyone who knows about the canaries loves them. They’re great bi [...]

How Big Should a Cockatiel Cage Be?

Cockatiels are a popular pet among bird owners—and for good reason. [...]

Can Parakeets and Cockatiels Live Together?

Parakeets and cockatiels are indigenous to Australia, but they’ve be [...]

How To Care for a Canary Bird

Canary birds, known for their beautiful songs and colorful feathers, a [...]

Can Lovebirds Be In The Same Cage As Budgies?

Many people are curious if lovebirds and budgies can be in the same ca [...]

We use cookies to improve your experience. Privacy Policy