When you think of birds, especially parrots, you think of seed and water. Isn’t it the most common things you see those little creatures coming with? Sometimes, this is not enough.
Feeding your large parrot with seeds only means you are not providing them with good nutrition. Their health (and even lifespan) will be essentially effected by diet. In captivity, your little parrot cannot freely find what they need, as if he/she’s in the wild. That’s why you will need packaged parrot food.
There are countless types of parrot foods, none of them is one-size-fit-all. So, it’s important to know which type of foods is suitable for large parrots.
The golden ratio for large parrot food
Parrots can eat both meat and vegetation, as they are omnivores. Wild parrot have a diet of nuts, flowers, fruit, buds, seeds and insects. Their jaws are strong enough to crack nutshells, so that parrots can eat the seed. No wonder why parrots’ favourite food is seed.
To make sure your bird stay healthy, keep in mind his/her diet should be following this ratio:
50% grain or seed + 45% veggie + fruit + 5% dairy and meat
The comprehensive dietary table for large parrots
In this section, we break down recommended foods based on the given ratio for large parrots. We update the content once every 2 months to keep it fresh.
Grain and seed (50% of diet)
Whole-grain based products provide your large parrots with crucial proteins, carbohydrates, and various minerals and vitamins. A part from white grains, your bird can actually consume almost any type of whole grains.
Some recommended grains for large parrots: Bagels (low-salt), Buckwheat and kasha, Cereal i.e. Cheerios, Chex, Kix, Life, etc.), Crackers (low- or no-salt), Cream of Wheat (and rice), Noodles and pasta (i.e. macaroni, ravioli, spaghetti, etc.), Oatmeal, Quinoa, Rice (i.e. brown, wild, etc.), Tortillas, Triticale and Wheat berries.
Pellets are like packaged food for parrots. These product are made by combining a mixture of healthy ingredients into a small pieces with of different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. For example, pellets can include seeds, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains and more. Hence, your parrots enjoy a more balanced diet with pellets.
In captivity, especially large parrots, you should feed them with this type of product, instead of seed or grain only.
Recommended pellet products for large parrots
ZuPreem Parrot Blend Mix
As its name suggests, the product provides the most balanced dietary for large parrots. ZuPreem Parrot Blend Mix comes with 5 fruit shapes in 5 colors, which each contains 21 vitamins and minerals. Fruity taste allow your bird the most natural meals ever. ZuPreem offers many flavors to make sure your parrot doesn’t get bored.
This product is ideal to feed your large parrots once a week to keep it active and healthy.
Lafeber’s Parrot Pellets
This is the first and premium pellet that contain Omega 3 and 6 for parrots. The product was first developed by Dr. Lafeber Sr. in 1960. He’s one of the pioneer veterinarian who specialized in bird nutrition.
Lafeber’s Parrot Pellets are very crucial for large parrots, as Omega Fatty Acids increases immune system, skin and feather health. More importantly, it tastes good. The pellets are naturally flavored with the great taste of molasses, providing energy birds need throughout the day.
This product should be the main dish in daily meal.
Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Bird Food
These pellets are consist of veggie, seeds, grains, nuts and dried fruits, with DHA, Omega fatty acids as well as digestive probiotics. That’s why we recommend it for large parrots. Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Bird Food offers the most inensive pack of meal: white, red and German millet, safflower, canary seed, rape, medium and Russian sunflower, flax, cantaloupe seed, hemp, sesame, poppy, coconut, strawberry, papaya and pineapple pieces, spinach, carrots, pea flakes, extruded pellets (Vita Krunch) and digestive cultures.
The product was developed by an avian nutritional expert to ensure your large parrots gets the most balanced nutrition. Moreover, Forti Diet Pro Health provides probiotics and prebiotics to support digestive health of your bird. Natural antioxidants are also added to these pellets to support feather and skin health.
Another well-balanced dietary meal for your parrots at any development stage.
Veggie & Fruits (45% of diet)
These types of food should be present in your bird’s diet. Fresh and washed veggies are always good for large parrots. But be careful, while most vegetables are best served cooked, but you can serve some veggie raw. A good option to consider is canned/processed vegatables. But you can feed your large parrot with those well-balanced pallets we recommend above.
If you still prefer freshness, here we have a list of parrot-friendly vegatables:
- Cabbage, Okra, Peas (i.e. green, snow, sugar snap, etc.)
- Thai pepper, Soybeans, Celery, Ginger root
- Spinach (in moderation), Pumpkin (cooked), Broccoliflower
- Eggplant (ripe and cooked), Zucchini, Comfrey
- Bamboo shoots, Cayenne, Bean sprouts, Chard
- Watercress, Alfalfa sprouts (you can sprout them yourself), Carrots (including tops)
- Collard greens, Garlic, Squash (i.e. acorn, butternut, hubbard, etc.)
- Potatoes (cooked), Cauliflower, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Sprouts
- Chayote, Yams (cooked), Arugula, Kale, Corn
- Cherry pepper, Sweet potatoes (cooked), Tomatoes (cooked and dried), Asparagus (cooked)
- Beans (cooked) (i.e. adzuki, butter, garbanzo, green, haricot, kidney, mung, navy, pinto, pole, soy, wax, etc.)
- Kohlrabi, Endive, Chili peppers, Radishes, Beets, Baby corn
- Lettuce, Peppers (i.e. chili, green, jalapeno, poblano, red, serrano, yellow, etc.), Broccoli
- Lentils (cooked), Bell peppers, Mustard greens, Pumpkin seeds (cooked), Parsley
- Jalapeno peppers, Chicory, Leeks, Banana peppers
And a list of parrot-friendly fruits:
- Dates, Blueberries, Mangoes, Cantaloupe (no rinds), Raisins, Loquat, Honeydew (no rinds)
- Cranberries, Figs, Plums (remove pit and area around the pit), Blackberries, Cherimoya
- Mandarin oranges, Apricots (remove pit and area around the pit), Lemons, Cherries (no pits)
- Apples (remove seeds and stem), Plantains, Papaya, Lychee, Guava, Pears (remove seeds)
- Grapes (i.e. black, green, red, etc.), Clementine oranges, Oranges, Cactus fruit
- Tangerines, Kiwis, Pomegranate, Bananas (remove peel), Passion fruit
- Grapefruit, Kumquats, Currants, Coconuts, Pineapple, Nectarines & Peaches (remove pit and area around the pit)
One thing to remember, is that fruits contain more water than veggie. In result, your large parrot’s droppings could be loose and watery. And don’t forget to wash fruits carefully before feeding your bird.
Dairy & Meat (5% of diet)
As a matter of fact, parrots are lactose intolerant. But you can add some small amount of dairy in your bird’s diet. Dairy-based foods can provide prenty of calcium, which is essential for all large parrots. Just make sure you feed it moderately, once every 2 weeks is recommended.
A list of parrot-friendly dairy products:
- Cheese (used in cooking only)
- Eggs (including smahed clean shells)
Parrots are omnivores, so they can eat meat, but mostly insects and larvae. To provide your parrot a good amount of protein, you can add a very small amount of meat to his/her daily intake.
You should serrve well-cooked meat only. And here is a list of parrot-friendly meat:
- Fish (remove bones)
Do not let your large parrot eat these foods
These foods may be human’s favorite, but they are actually toxic to ALL birds, including parrots. So never feed your pet with any of these:
- Fruit pits and the flesh around them (contain cyanide)
We have you get some good knowledge to take care your large parrots better. We’re happy to help. Feel free to leave comments and come check this post as frequently as needed.