Knowing what to feed an African grey parrot will help you to plan your bird’s meals and ensure that its diet is balanced and nutritious.

Did you know that a leading cause of disease and death among African greys in captivity is due to malnutrition brought about by a diet based almost exclusively on seeds?

The consensus among avian vets and experts is that a seed-based diet is heavily-biased toward fats and lacks several vitamins and other nutrients that are essential to a bird’s development and health.

In the case of sunflower seeds, which are a primary component of many seed packs sold for African grey parrots, the fat content is in excess of 50% by weight.  Most other nuts and seeds contain a similarly high ratio of fats.

If you want your beloved feathered companion to have a long and healthy life, it is essential to ensure that its meals consist of all of the essential nutrients that it requires.

The Best Diet For African Grey Parrots

The easiest way to do this is to feed your bird with pellets specially formulated for parrots. Supplement this with fresh fruit and vegetables daily in a ratio of around 70% pellets to 30% fruits and vegetables.

This is the best diet for African grey parrots.

Simply serving up meals in this ratio is not enough, though.  You need to be certain that your grey actually eats what you provide.

Just like children, African greys are known to eat selectively when given the opportunity, and the selections that they make are not always the healthiest.

To help you decide what you can feed your parrot, we’ve provided you with this comprehensive list of safe foods that you can choose from.

African greys are fussy eaters though, and just because a food item appears in our list does not mean that your parrot will like it, or eat it at all.

If you notice that your parrot eats certain parts of its meal but routinely ignores other parts, then try replacing the food items that it is not eating with other items of similar nutritional value.

Parrot Food Preparation

Take heed of notes which accompany the list of foods. For example, if we state that a food should be offered in a cooked state, don’t offer it to your bird uncooked.  The same applies if we say that a fruit or vegetable should be peeled, or that the pips or seeds should be removed.

We may be relatively tolerant of the pesticides used when cultivating fruits and vegetables, but an African grey has a body weight about one hundredth that of a human and will be much more sensitive to even small amounts of pesticide compared to a human.

For this reason, always wash fresh fruit and vegetables well before offering them to your pet, especially when these will be offered to your pet together with the skin or peel.

Alternatively, buy organic fruit or vegetables for your grey.

The African Grey Parrot Food List

The foods listed below have either been fed to our parrot, Kokkie, without problems, or have been listed as safe for African greys by at least two independent sources.

Some foods listed here are safe only if consumed in moderation, or in very limited quantities. If that is the case, we will state it clearly. Please exercise appropriate restraint when feeding these foods to your pet. If you are unsure about how much of such a food is too much for your bird then rather be safe and avoid it altogether.

Have fun feeding and nurturing a healthy pet.

Name

Class

Acorn squash

Vegetable

 

Other names: Des Moines squash, pepper squash

A medium-sized squash, usually dark green in color with ridges along its length. The flesh is a yellow to orange color.

We’re not certain whether this can be offered to your bird in raw form, but it should be fine if cooked.

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available

Adzuki bean

Cooked adzuki beans may be fed to an African grey parrot

Seed

 

Other names: azuki bean, red mung bean

A small (5 mm/0.2 in) bean. Most commonly colored red.

These can reportedly be offered cooked or sprouted.

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Cooked adzuki beans have a high carbohydrate and protein content.

Full nutrition table.

Adzuki sprouts

 Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Alfalfa sprouts

Vegetable

 

Other names: lucerne sprouts

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Almond (Sweet)

Almonds may be fed to African grey parrots

Nut

 

Almonds can be given to your bird as an occasional treat.  As with almost all nuts, their very high fat content makes them unsuitable for inclusion in a parrot’s regular diet.

Precautions:

Unlike sweet almonds, bitter almonds are highly toxic to both humans as well as parrots and should not be given to your pet as food.

While a human might survive eating two or three, your parrot would probably die after eating just one bitter almond.

Fortunately, it is extremely unlikely that bitter almonds would be offered for sale to the public in stores, so almonds that are sold for human consumption are certain to be sweet and, therefore, safe.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table.

Apple

 

Fruit

 

Apples come in many different varieties.  Experiment with different cultivars to see which ones your parrot prefers.

We usually offer Kokkie one or two slices of apple with the skin on.

Precautions:

Apples should always be cored, or have the seeds removed, before being fed to a parrot.  Apple seeds contain a compound which can release cyanide when mixed with water.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table.

Apple (dried)

Fruit

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Apricot

Apricot is safe to feed to African grey parrots when the pit is removed

Fruit Precautions:

The apricot pip should be removed before feeding the fruit to the parrot as it can produce cyanide when opened.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Apricot (dried)

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Contains much more Calcium per 100 g than the raw fruit.

Full nutrition table

Asparagus

Asparagus is a food that African grey parrots can eat safely

Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

Offer this in moderation.  Too much can reportedly cause a severely upset stomach.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Aubergine Vegetable See eggplant
Azuki bean Vegetable See adzuki bean
Baby marrow Vegetable See zucchini.
Banana

African grey parrots can eat banana

Fruit

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Banana (dried) Fruit See banana chip
Banana chili Vegetable See banana pepper
Banana chip

Banana chips are dried banana slices which can safely be provided for an African grey parrot to eat

Fruit

 

Other names: banana (dried)

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Banana pepper

Banana pepper can be safely eaten by African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Other names: banana chili, yellow wax pepper

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Basil

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Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Beet Vegetable See beetroot
Beet greens

Beet greens are safe for African grey parrots to eat

Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Beetroot

Beetroot is safe to feed to an African grey

Vegetable

 

Other names: beet, red beet.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Bell pepper

Bell peppers are safe food for African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Other names: capsicum, pepper, robot pepper (South Africa), sweet pepper

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Bengal gram  Vegetable See chickpea
Black-eyed bean Vegetable See black-eyed pea
Black-eyed pea

Black-eyed peas can safely be eaten by African grey parrots when cooked

Vegetable

 

Other names: black-eyed bean, goat pea.

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

As with all beans, these should be well cooked before being offered to a parrot. Most beans are toxic when raw.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Blackberry

Blackberries are safe food for African grey parrots

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Blackcurrant

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Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Blueberry

Blueberries are a safe food for African grey parrots

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Bok choy

Bok choi is safe food for African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Other names: Chinese cabbage, pak choi, pok choi

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Brinjals Vegetable See eggplant
Broccoli

Broccoli is a good food for African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Can be offered raw or cooked.

Nutrition:

Broccoli is a good source of Vitamins C and Vitamin K.

Full nutrition table

Broccoli rabe

 

Vegetable See rapini.
Broccoli sprouts

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Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts like these are a good and safe food source for grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Butter bean Vegetable See lima bean
Butternut pumpkin Vegetable See butternut squash
Butternut squash

Butternut squash looks like this and the cooked flesh can safely be fed to a parrot.

Vegetable 

 

Other names: butternut pumpkin, gramma.

As it is quite a large squash we don’t prepare butternut specially for our parrot, Kokkie. Instead, we give him some when we occasionally prepare it for our own consumption.

Because of this, he always gets it cooked and with the seeds and skin removed.

It could also be offered raw and with the seeds.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Button squash Vegetable See pattypan squash
Cabbage

Cabbage is a vegetable that you can safely feed to your grey parrot

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Cactus fig Fruit See prickly pear.
Cactus fruit Fruit See prickly pear.
Cactus pear Fruit See prickly pear.
Cantaloupe

The flesh of the cantaloupe is a safe and healthy food for your parrot

Fruit

 

Other names: rockmelon (Australia), spanspek (South Africa), sweet melon (South Africa)

Not to be confused with honeydew, which has a smoother skin and flesh that is green instead of orange.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Capsicum Vegetable See bell pepper
Carrot

Raw as well as cooked carrots are safe to feed to your parrot

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Carrot greens

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Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Cashew Nut

Like most nuts cashews are high in fats but can be fed safely to your pet parrot in moderation.

 

Nut

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a safe food for African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Celery

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Vegetable

 

Precautions:

Some sources suggest that the ‘strings’ in celery stalks can cause bowel blockage and should be removed. We have not confirmed whether this is true or not, but it is perhaps better to be safe than sorry.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Chana Vegetable See chickpea
Cherry

Your parrot can safely enjoy eating a cherry as long as you remove the pip before giving it to him

Fruit

 

We’ve fed Kokkie cherries too infrequently to note any issues.

Precautions:

Always remove the pips before feeding cherries to your parrot. They contain a compound which can release cyanide when opened.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Chick pea   See chickpea
Chickpea

Cooked chickpeas are safe for your African grey parrot to eat

Vegetable

 

Other names: Bengal gram, chick pea, chole, Egyptian pea, garbanzo bean

Untested with Kokkie.

Precuations:

Always cook chickpeas for at least 30 minutes, and allow them to cool before feeding them to your parrot.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Chinese cabbage Vegetable See bok choy
Chinese gooseberry Fruit See kiwifruit
Chole Vegetable See chickpea
Ciblème Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Coconut

Coconut is an edible food for parrots

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Collard greens

Collard greens are a safe and healthy food to feed your African grey parrot

Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Corn

Corn and sweet corn are foods that African grey parrots can eat

Seed

 

Other names: maize, mealie (South Africa), mielie (South Africa), pole corn, popcorn, sugar corn, sweet corn.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Courgette Vegetable See zucchini.
Cranberry

Cranberry is a fruit that a parrot can eat safely

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Cucumber

Cucumber is a safe food for a parrot

Vegetable

 

We occasionally feed our parrot, Kokkie, slices of unpeeled English cucumber – without salt.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Custard marrow Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Custard squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Date

Dates can be eaten by African grey parrots

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precuations:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Des Moines squash Vegetable See acorn squash
Double Bean Vegetable See lima bean.
Eggplant

The cooked flesh of the eggplant can be fed to a grey parrot but not the stems or leaves.

Vegetable

 

Other names: aubergine (UK, France), brinjals (South Africa, South Asia).

Offer only the cooked flesh of the fruit to your bird.

Precautions:

This plant is a member of the nightshade family so all the parts of the plant are toxic, with the exception of the fruit. To be extra safe, we would also remove the skin before feeding the cooked flesh to a bird.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Egyptian pea Vegetable See chickpea
Fig

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Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Garbanzo bean Vegetable See chickpea
Gem squash

Gem squash is a common Soutrh African squash variety that is safe for African grey parrots to eat

 

Vegetable

 

Gem squash is an inexpensive vegetable that is common in South African cuisine. It is perhaps not as well known in other countries.

Cut the squash in half, and boil well.  We remove the seeds prior to boiling but they can probably be left in. Cut one or two wedge-shaped slices and serve. Some gem squash varieties retain a hard skin, even after boiling, and these will be easier for your bird to pick up and handle when eating.

Kokkie enjoys his gem squash and it’s a rare event when he does not eat even a little of it when we offer it to him.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Goat pea Vegetable See black-eyed pea
Goober Nut See peanut.
Gooseberry

Gooseberries can be fed to parrots

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Gramma Vegetable See butternut squash
Granadilla Fruit See passion fruit
Granny squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Grape

Grapes can be fed to African greys in moderation

Fruit

 

Precautions:

Grapes have a high sugar content, so offer grapes to your bird sparingly – no more than one or two a day.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is safe to offer to greys in limited quantity

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

All citrus fruits are acidic and therefore should be offered in moderation.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Green bean

Green beans are a safe food to feed to an African grey

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Green gram Vegetable See mung bean.
Groundnut Nut See peanut.
Guava

Guava can be fed safely to an African grey parrot

Fruit

 

Guava is another of Kokkie’s favorite fruits. A slice or two of guava with the skin on is enough to make him happy.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Hazelnut

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Nut

 

Precautions:

Most nuts have a very high fat content and hazelnuts are no exception. They also have a high calorie count so they should not form part of your parrot’s regular diet. We suggest that you feed hazelnuts to your bird as an occasional treat only.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Heart of palm

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Vegetable

 

Other names: palm heart.

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Honeydew

Honeydew is a fruit which can be consumed safely by an African grey parrot

Fruit

 

Other names: honeymelon

Honeydew is similar in appearance to cantaloupe, but has a smoother skin and the flesh is green instead of orange.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Honeymelon Fruit See honeydew
Indian fig Fruit See prickly pear.
Kale

Kale is safe food for your parrot

Vegetable

 

Untested with our parrot, Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Kiwi Fruit See kiwifruit
Kiwifruit

Peeled kiwi fruit can be consumed safely by an African grey

Fruit

 

Other names: Chinese gooseberry, kiwi

Precautions:

Peel before serving.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Ladies’ finger Vegetable See okra
Lentil

When cooked, lentils are a good and safe food to feed your African grey parrot

Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

Lentils should always be cooked well before being fed to your bird.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

 

Lima bean

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Vegetable

 

Other names: butter bean, Double Bean, Madagascar bean, sieva bean.

Untested with our African grey.

Precautions:

Like most beans, Lima beans are toxic when raw and must be cooked by boiling for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Lucerne sprouts Vegetable See alfalfa sprouts
Madagascar bean Vegetable See lima bean.
Maize Seed See corn.
Mandarin Fruit See tangerine.
Mango

The flesh of the mango fruit is safe to feed to parrots

Fruit

 

Precautions:

Pitted and peeled.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Mealie Seed See corn.
Mielie Seed See corn.
Monkey nut Nut See peanut.
Mung bean

 

Vegetable

 

Other names: green gram

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

Always cook beans by boiling for at least 30 minutes before feeding them to your grey.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Naartje Fruit See tangerine.
Nectarine

Except for the pip, the nectarine is safe to feed to your grey parrot

Fruit

 

Precautions:

The nectarine is a member of the peach family. Like a peach, the inside of a nectarine pip contains a substance which releases cyanide when mixed with water, so remove the pip before feeding this to your pet.

Nutrition:

No nutrition date available.

Ochro Vegetable See okra
Okra

Okra is a food that can be eaten by African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Other names: ladies’ fingers, ochro.

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Orange

Orange and other citrus fruits may be fed to parrots in moderation

Fruit

 

Precautions:

All citrus fruits are acidic and therefore should be offered in moderation.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pak choi Vegetable See bok choy
Palm heart Vegetable See heart of palm
Papaw Fruit See papaya
Papaya

Papaya is safe to feed to your African grey

Fruit

 

Other names: papaw, pawpaw.

We remove the skin and seeds before feeding papaya to Kokkie, but this is simply personal choice. If you choose to leave the skin on, make sure that you wash the fruit before cutting it open.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Passion fruit

Passion fruit is safe to feed to your African grey

Fruit

 

Other names: granadilla (South Africa)

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pattypan squash

Pattypan squash is a safe food for your parrot pet to eat

Vegetable

 

Other names: button squash, ciblème, custard marrow, custard squash, granny squash, Peter Pan squash, scallopini, scallop squash, schwoughksie squash, sunburst squash, white squash

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

No nutrition data available.

Pawpaw Fruit See papaya
Peach

Peach with the pip removed is safe for your parrot pet to eat

Fruit

 

Precautions:

Peach pips contain a substance which releases cyanide when mixed with water, so remove the pip before feeding peach to your pet.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Peach (dried)

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Fruit

 

Peanut

Peanuts are safe for your parrot to eat in moderation

 Nut

 

Other names: goober (USA), groundnut, monkey nut (UK).

Precautions:

Low quality peanuts may be infected by a mold called Aspergillus flavus which produces harmful substances called aflatoxins. These can cause liver damage or lead to the production of tumors.

If there is any doubt about the quality of the peanuts that you intend to feed to your parrot, always use peanuts intended for human consumption. Most countries have laws which govern the production of peanuts intended for humans, and which ensure that these peanuts are free of mold.

Offer only unsalted peanuts to your parrot.

Most nuts contain excessively high levels of fats, and peanuts are no different. For this reason you should only offer your parrot a peanut or two as an occasional treat. Peanuts should not form part of your parrots regular meals.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pear

Pear is safe for a parrot to eat only after the seeds have been removed

Fruit

 

Precautions:

Always remove the seeds from a pear before feeding to a parrot.  Just like apple seeds, pear seeds contain a compound which can release cyanide when mixed with water.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pear (dried)

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Fruit

 

Peas

Peas are safe for your African grey to eat

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pepper Vegetable See bell pepper
Pepper squash Vegetable See acorn squash
Persimmon

African grey parrots can eat persimmon

Fruit

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Peter Pan squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Pineapple

Pineapple is a safe food for parrots

Fruit

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pistachio nut

Pistachio nuts can safely be fed to African grey parrots

 Nut

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Plum

After removing the pip you can feed a plum safely to your African grey parrot

Fruit

 

Precautions:

Plum pips contain a substance which releases cyanide when mixed with water, so remove the pip before feeding this to your pet.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pok choi Vegetable See bok choy
Pole corn Seed See corn.
Pomegranate

Pomegranate is a safe food that your African grey can eat

Fruit

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Popcorn Seed See corn.
Potato

Potatoes that are cooked can be safely consumed by your grey parrot

Vegetable

 

Parrots can eat potato, whether it is boiled, baked, mashed or in the form of fries or chips.

Kokkie, our parrot, is very partial to potato in any form, but is especially fond of fries.

Precautions:

As a member of the nightshade family, all parts of the potato plant are toxic. Properly cultivated and stored tubers are the exception.  If the raw potato tuber is sold for human consumption it should be safe for your parrot to eat.

Potato should always be cooked and unsalted.

It’s generally a good idea to avoid sauces and gravies that the potato may have been cooked in, or that accompany it when served, unless you’re absolutely certain that all of the ingredients are safe.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Prickly pear

Prickly pear may be fed safely to your African grey parrot

Fruit

 

Other names: cactus fig, cactus fruit, cactus pear, Indian fig, tuna

Precautions:

Peel before serving.

The skin surface contains many very thin, barely visible thorns or spines.  They are not particularly painful when they penetrate your skin, but they can be very irritating. Due to their small size they are extremely difficult to locate and remove. Handle with care and only grip the fruit at each end using a thumb and another finger.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a safe food for your African grey parrot

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Quince

Quince is a safe fruit for a parrot to eat

Fruit

 

We buy quince for Kokkie whenever we can. It’s fairly rare where we live and is not always available.

It is one of our parrot’s favorite fruits, though, possibly because he doesn’t get it in his food bowl all that often.  It’s usually just a matter of  time before he pounces on it once it has been served.

After washing it, prepare the quince for your bird by cutting one or two fairly large slices along the length of the fruit, leaving the skin on. Then cut each slice in half and place the rest in the refrigerator for the following day.

When re-using the leftover quince, cut away any browning that may have developed on the exposed surfaces before you serve the fruit to your parrot.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Radish

Radish is a safe food to provide to your African grey parrot

Vegetable

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Rapini

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Vegetable Other names: broccoli rabe

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Raspberry

Raspberry is a safe food to offer to your pet grey parrot

Fruit

 

 Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Red beet Vegetable See beetroot.
Red mung bean Vegetable See adzuki bean
Robot pepper Vegetable See bell pepper
Rockmelon Fruit See cantaloupe
Satsuma mandarin Fruit  See tangerine.
Satsuma orange Fruit See tangerine.
Scallopini Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Scallop squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Schwoughksie squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Sieva bean Vegetable See lima bean.
Snow pea

Snow peas are a food that can be safely fed to African grey parrots

Vegetable

 

Both the seed and the pod are edible.

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

Although other parts of the plant, such as the leaves and stems, are used in Chinese cuisine, we don’t know whether they are safe for parrots to eat.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Spanspek Fruit See cantaloupe
Spinach

Spinach is safe to feed to your parrot

Vegetable

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

Use in moderation.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Strawberry

Strawberries are a good and safe food for African greys

Fruit

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Sugar beet Vegetable See beetroot.
Sugar corn  Seed See corn.
Sunburst squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Sweet corn

 

Seed See corn.
Sweet melon Fruit See cantaloupe
Sweet pepper Vegetable See bell pepper
Sweet potato

Sweet potato can safely be fed to a parrot in either raw or cooked form

Vegetable

 

Other names: yam (North America).

Sometimes called yam in North America, although sweet potato and yam are actually two different vegetables. Although the skin and flesh of both can vary in color, sweet potato commonly has a purple skin with orange-colored flesh, while the skin of yam is usually brown and contains white flesh.

Cook before serving.

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Tangerine

Tangerine is safe to offer to your parrot for food

Fruit

 

Other names: mandarin, naartjie (South Africa), satsuma mandarin, satsuma orange, unshu mikan.

Precautions:

All citrus fruits are acidic and therefore should be offered in moderation.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Tomato

Tomato in small quantities can be safe to eat for your parrot

Vegetable

 

Precautions

Use sparingly. Tomato has high acidity and can cause ulcers.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Tuna Fruit See prickly pear.
Unshu mikan Fruit See tangerine.
Walnut

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Nut

 

Untested with Kokkie.

Precautions:

Like most other nuts, walnuts have a very high concentration of fats. They should rather be used as an occasional treat for your parrot, and should not form part of their regular diet.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

Watermelon

Watermelon is a safe food for African grey parrots

Fruit

 

Precautions:

None known.

Nutrition:

Full nutrition table

White squash Vegetable See pattypan squash.
Yam

Yam in raw or cooked form is a safe food for an African grey parrot

Vegetable

 

 
Yellow wax pepper Vegetable See banana pepper
Zucchini

Zucchini can safely be given to parrots for food

Vegetable

 

Other names: baby marrow, courgette

Precautions:

Avoid home-grown zucchini as this could contain high levels of cucurbitaceae which is toxic (for humans too)

 

2 Comments

  1. Very informative post! Who knew a parrot would have such a varied diet. I particularly like the table of contents they can eat. it break it down nicely and is very clear.

    1. Thank you Russ. The list of edible foods for parrots is a work in progress. There are many more foods that are safe for them to eat, and I intend to have the list grow substantially in the weeks to come.

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