List of safe vegetables 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
  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) (bird-safe list here)

Important notes

  • It is important to offer your bird a variety of different vegetables
  • Choose organic if possible 
  • Wash vegetables thoroughly before serving to your bird
  • Recommended to serve raw (unless specified to lightly steam) as cooking removes nutrients
  • This list of vegetables is the entirety of what we know are safe for parrots. If you know about a safe vegetable that have not been included, please contact us. However please do not contact us asking about other vegetables not listed

Peppers

Hot pepper

Chili pepper

Chili padi

Bell pepper

Chili peppers safe for birds Bell peppers safe for birds
Seeds are safe to eat. Birds can eat spicy chillies because they are however are immune to the capsaicin in peppers. They can't taste the heat of a pepper or smell it.
 
Seeds of chili pepper safe for birds
Seeds of bell peppers safe for birds
Artichoke Artichoke safe for parrots
 
Can encourage foraging behavior

Bamboo

Bamboo shoots safe for parrots Shoot and leaves are safe
Brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts safe for parrots Can encourage foraging behavior if fed on a stalk
Lady's finger (Okra) Okra lady's fingers safe for parrots
 
Can encourage foraging behavior as parrots can extract the inner seeds
Green beans Green beans safe for parrots

Raw, not dried

 

Can encourage foraging behavior as parrots like to open them

Kale Kale safe for parrots High in calcium, great for birds with calcium deficiency
Bok Choy Bok choy bai cai bai chye safe for parrots High in calcium, great for birds with calcium deficiency
Broccoli Broccoli safe for parrots  
Cauliflower Cauliflower safe for parrots  
Watercress Watercress safe for parrots  

Lettuce 

Arugula (rocket)

Butter

Green Leaf 

Red Leaf

Romaine

Arugula (rocket)

Arugula rocket safe for parrots

Red leaf lettuce

Red leaf lettuce safe for parrots

Romaine lettuce 

Romaine lettuce safe for parrots

Avoid feeding iceberg lettuce as they are less less nutritionally dense due to its high water content

Cabbage 

White and red

Chinese cabbage (chinese leaf) 

Little cabbage (xiao bai cai)

Red cabbage

Red lettuce safe for parrots

Chinese cabbage

Chinese cabbage leaf safe for parrots

 
Collard greens Collard greens safe for parrots  
Swiss chard Swiss chard safe for parrots Swiss chard has enticing colours for picky eaters
Pandan leaves Pandan leaves safe for parrots Great shreddable - weave pandan leaves through the cage bars to encourage play
Cucumber Cucumber safe for parrots  
Courgette (Zucchini) Courgette zucchini safe for parrots Courgette flowers are safe for birds too
Beetroot Beetroot and beetroot greens safe for parrots Beetroot and greens are safe for parrots 
Peas Peas safe for parrots Best soaked or sprouted
Carrot Carrot safe for parrots High in Vitamin A

Radish

Red and white

 White radish

White radish safe for parrots

Red radish

Red radish safe for parrots

 

Turnip

Turnip safe for parrots 

 
Parsnip Parsnips safe for parrots  
 
Raw or slightly steamed 
Swede Swede safe for parrots Raw or slightly steamed 
Pumpkin Pumpkins safe for parrots
 

Raw or slightly steamed 

Seeds are safe and beneficial

*If steamed, avoid feeding chronic egg laying birds as warm, soft mushy and starchy food items encourage breeding

Squash (all types)

Butternut squash

Acorn squash 

Hubbard squash

All squash safe for parrots
 

Raw or slightly steamed 

Seeds are safe and beneficial

*If steamed, avoid feeding chronic egg laying birds as warm, soft mushy and starchy food items encourage breeding

Sweet potato Sweet potato safe for parrots

Recommended to lightly steam as nutrients are more bioavailable if lightly steamed

*If steamed, avoid feeding chronic egg laying birds as warm, soft mushy and starchy food items encourage breeding

Yam Yam safe for parrots

Never feed uncooked yam as they carry plant toxins

Corn

Raw

Raw indian corn safe for parrots

Steamed

Steamed corn safe for parrots

Popped 

Plain unsalted popcorn safe for parrots

Do not feed processed corn!

Safe to feed plain popcorn with no flavourings or additives

High in sugar, will encourage nesting behavior - feed in moderation especially for chronic egg laying birds


These vegetables are safe for parrots but feed in moderation

Fennel Fennel safe for parrots but feed in moderation

High in potassium

Seeds are safe

Birds with kidney disease should eat sparingly

Celery stalk Celery leaves safe for parrots avoid celery stalk Only feed celery leaves and roots as the long stringy fibres of the celery stalk can clog a bird's digestive system
Potato   Avoid feeding potatoes to parrots Cooked potato is safe but not recommended to feed. Sweet potato is a better alternative.
Spinach Feed spinach to parrots in moderation

Feed moderately as spinach is high in oxalic acid

Oxalic acid grabs calcium and forms calcium oxalate – the main ingredient in kidney stones

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