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Parrots are birds that are grouped within the parrots family and we can distinguish a great diversity of species that are known by the same name and that have similar characteristics, it is estimated that approximately 300.
Nowadays, many people have seen the parrot as an exceptional companion animal, characterized above all by the great beauty that its colorful plumage gives it. When we decide to welcome an animal into our home, we must know that regardless of the chosen species, it needs some care and a certain diet in order to enjoy a good state of health. In this AnimalWised article, we explain what the prohibited foods for parrots.You may also be interested in: Forbidden foods for ferrets Index
- What do parrots or parrots eat?
- Forbidden foods for parrots
- Symptoms of poisoning
What do parrots or parrots eat?
If we have decided to host a bird of these characteristics, we must be clear about how important it is to know which are the prohibited foods for parrots as well as what foods should be part of your diet usual, since in this way we can cover all the nutritional requirements of our pet, which will translate into a good state of health.
In addition, we must ensure that we provide our pet with a suitable place to live. Therefore, we recommend you read this other article about ¿How should a parrot cage be?
An ideal diet for our parrot must have the following components:
- Fruits: they can eat any type of fruit, apple, orange, pear, apricot, melon, strawberry, tangerine, grapefruit and banana, among others. We must bear in mind that it is necessary to offer a mixture of at least 3 different fruits daily and combine them so that they do not consume an excessive amount of a specific fruit, especially when it comes to fruits high in sugar.
- Vegetables: they must also be present on a daily basis in the parrot's diet, we can offer spinach, broccoli, chard, endive, carrot, radishes, garlic, celery stalks and peppers. It is also important to vary.
- I think dry: it is not essential but it is highly recommended to supplement the parrot's diet with specific dry feed for parrots.
- Seeds: the contribution of seeds should not be as frequent as that of fruits and vegetables, but it is equally important, we will choose dry and germinated seeds.
An incorrect feeding could generate various problematic behaviors in the parrot. Therefore, if this is your case, we recommend that you also read this other AnimalWised article about ¿Why does my parrot throw away food?
Forbidden foods for parrots
The food that we offer to our parrot must be in line with the characteristics of its digestive system, so it is important to avoid that our pet ingests foods that would be toxic to it and that could cause multiple and dangerous adverse effects. If you want your parrot to maintain its state of health in optimal conditions avoid eating any of the following foods:
- Fizzy drinks
- Carbonated drinks
- Sugar in general
- Raw tubers
- Apple or pear seeds
- Foods with colorants
- Foods with artificial flavors
- Artificial juices
Although we should not give milk to our parrot, we can add unsalted dairy products to your diet, always with measure. Pipes and peanuts should be avoided in the Amazon species, since there is a strong predisposition to obesity and these foods are highly caloric.
If you take this information into account and properly supervise your pet's diet, it will be able to enjoy optimal nutrition, which will translate into good health..
On the other hand, parrots often scream a lot when they need something. If this is your case, do not miss this other article about ¿Why does my parrot scream a lot?
Symptoms of poisoning
As we have mentioned previously, if your parrot eats a prohibited food, it will cause toxicity and a series of adverse reactions that will compromise its health. Some of the symptoms that a parrot is sick are as follows:
- Little mobility.
- Narrowed eyes.
- Loss of appetite.
- Significant increase in appetite.
- Labored breathing and open beak.
- Noticeable increase in water intake.
- Insulation in a corner of the cage.
These symptoms can not only be due to food poisoning but also to a wide variety of underlying pathologies, which is why it is of vital importance go urgently to the vet if you identify in your parrot some of the signs previously exposed.