List of safe seeds for parrots

A healthy, varied and nutritious diet for your parrot includes:

  1. A reputable parrot pellet brand
  2. Fruits (bird-safe list here)
  3. Vegetables (bird-safe list here)
  4. Grains (bird-safe list here)
  5. Flowers (bird-safe list here)
  6. Herbs and spices (bird-safe list here)
  7. Sprouts (bird-safe list here)
  8. Nuts (occasionally) (bird-safe list here)
  9. Seeds (sparingly)

Important notes

  • Seeds must not be fed solely, or as a main diet. An all-seed diet leads to many health problems and will shorten your bird’s lifespan significantly.
  • Feed most sparingly as seeds are high in fat and lack many essential nutrients.
  • Seeds are very low in calcium, iodine, protein, sodium, zinc, manganese, carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin D
  • Seeds are high in phosphorus and low in calcium. This unbalanced calcium-phosphorus ratio results in hypocalcaemia and many health problems arising from a deficiency in calcium
  • This list of seeds is the entirety of what we know are safe for parrots. If you know about a safe seed that have not been included, please contact us. However please do not contact us asking about other seeds not listed
Broccoli raab seeds Broccoli Raab seeds safe for birds
Canary seeds Canary seeds safe for birds Low in fat (8%) but contains mainly carbohydrates (61%) and lacks many essential nutrients
Caraway seeds Caraway seeds safe for birds Contains 37% fat
Chia seeds Chia seeds safe for birds Contains 40% fat
Clover seeds Clover seeds safe for birds
Cumin seeds Cumin seeds safe for birds Contains 22% fat
Fenugreek seeds Fenugreek seeds safe for birds Contains 6.5% fat
Flax seeds / Linseed Linseeds Flax seeds safe for birds High in fat (54%)
Hemp seeds Hemp seeds safe for birds High in fat (63%)
Milk thistle seeds Milk Thistle seeds safe for birds Contains 26% fat
Millet (seed or spray)

Yellow millet Millet spray safe for birds

Red millet

Red millet seeds safe for birds

Low in fat (4.3%) but contains mainly carbohydrates (72.8%) and lacks many essential nutrients
Mustard seeds (yellow or black) Yellow mustard seeds
Yellow mustard seeds safe for birds
Contains 36% fat
Niger seeds Niger seeds safe for birds Contains 39% fat
Perilla seeds Perilla seeds safe for birds High in fat (61.5%)
Poppy seeds Poppy seeds safe for birds Contains 19% fat
Pumpkin seeds Pumpkin seeds safe for birds High in fat (50%)
Rape seeds Rape seeds safe for birds Extremely high in fat (100%)
Safflower seeds Safflower seeds safe for birds High in fat (49%)
Sesame seeds Sesame seeds safe for birds Serve unhulled
High in fat (50%)
Sorghum/milo seeds Sesame seeds safe for birds Usually added to make seed mixes less costly. Birds usually ignore them
Sunflower seeds (black oil or striped)

Black oil sunflower seeds

Black oil sunflower seeds safe for birds

Striped sunflower seeds

Striped sunflower seeds safe for birds

High in fat (52%)
Watercress seeds Watercress seeds safe for birds

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