Food Nutrition Table for Parrots

by Heike Ewing Ott

Have you ever wondered if certain foods are better for parrots than others? Did you know that some foods are toxic to parrots and should never be fed? Whether you feed your bird pellets or not, the foods at the top of the list will benefit your bird the most. And the foods at the bottom of the list should never be given to birds.

Note: This list is based solely upon my own personal experience and what I have read. I make no guarantees about its accuracy or suitability for every bird, or its completeness.

Groups of foods are ranked by nutritional value, not by how much they like it!

Great Stuff!:

Whole wheat breads Oats Corn Brown rice
Cornbread Peas Most Beans Broccoli
Cauliflower Carrots Asparagus Spinach
Whole wheat or Vegetable pasta Turnip Greens Mustard Greens Peppers (Bell, Jalapeno, chile, etc.)
Parsley Egg noodles Bulgur Wheat Cheerios
Wheat Germ Cooked Chicken and Turkey Potatoes Egg, cooked
Apple Yogurt Cottage cheese Banana
Pumpkin Seeds Pine Nuts Life cereal Kashi

Good Stuff:

Grapes Oranges Grapefruit Lemon
Lime Cherries Pomegranate Peaches
Nectarine Watermelon Cantaloupe Honeydew
Blackberries Blueberries Pears Pineapple
Romaine Lettuce Red Cabbage Butter Lettuce Greenleaf Lettuce
Turnips Radishes Bread Pasta
Biscuits Millet Cucumber Tomato
Squash Zucchini cooked Rice Almonds
Canary Grass seed Garbanzo Beans Granola cereal (no sugar) Water Chestnuts
Oatmeal Mango

Good Limited: (Good Nutrition, but high in fat)

Brazil Nuts Peanuts Peanut Butter Walnuts
Pecans Cashews Cooked beef and pork Macaroni & cheese
Sunflower seeds Safflower seeds Cream Cheese hard cheeses

Neutral Stuff: (not bad for them, but not much nutrition)

Lettuce Cabbage Celery Crackers
white bread flour tortillas Bagels Biscuits
Popcorn Onions Mushrooms Hominy Grits

Neutral Limited: Not =bad= (ie not toxic), but high in fat, salt or sugar

French fries Potato chips Tortilla chips Sausages
Lunchmeat Cookies Cake Muffins
Pretzels Frankfurters Gatorade Kool-aid
most breakfast cereals butter/


most canned foods, soups, etc Ice cream
Doughnuts Pastries

BAD stuff: (toxic or possibly harmful)

Avocado Chocolate Caffeine Alcohol
Carbonated drinks Milk (they can’t digest it) dried fruits (containing sulfides or sulphates) most houseplants
catnip marijuana Gatorade