Strategy for all birds: Increase quality protein, vitamins, and minerals and reduce fat. People food should be limited because birds will choose the wrong things (mostly fats and starches).
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Foods in this section represent 10-20% of calories fed (and should be considered tidbits and side dishes).
Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts should make up less than 20% of the larger parrot’s (conure and other large species) diet and should make up less than 20% of the budgie, cockatiel or lovebird diet. Seeds contain excessive fat and are deficient in many nutrients.
Large Parrots: Sunflower, safflower, peanut, millet, oats, canary, walnut, pecan, brazil, almond (this nut is low-fat and high in calcium!)
Smaller Parrots: Sunflower, safflower, millets, canary, rapeseed, niger (1-2 tsp/wk maximum).
Cereal Grains and Starches
These are well liked, but are only empty calories and should be limited: Wheat, rice, barley, corn, oats, crackers, bread, breakfast cereals, pasta, banana and potato.
Broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collards, carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, winter squash, peas, parsley, peppers (especially the seeds), lima beans and string beans, mango, papaya.
Dairy products, such as cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, soy products and eggs (boiled or scrambled). The downside of animal proteins is the fat content of these foods, so they should be fed sparingly.