Healthy diet for a parrot

Q: What should I keep in mind when choosing a healthy diet for my parrot?

A: There are a couple of dos and don’ts when it comes to feeding your parrot a healthy diet. Different breeds of parrot have different dietary needs, and therefore it is important to research or ask a veterinarian.


The following is a list of what you NEVER should feed your parrot:

  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Rhubarb
  • Salty foods
  • Seeds only


Always feed your parrot twice a day to ensure the food is always fresh. Also, include the following:

  • Seeds and nuts should make up 15% of the total diet
  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw and cooked vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetables make up 10 to 15% of the daily intake
  • Cooked parrot dinner made up of corn, beans, lentils and rice
  • Scientifically formulated, good-quality pelleted diets that are nutritionally complete
  • Vitamin and mineral supplement