Parrots of all types are becoming more and more popular as pets, so let's talk a bit about how to keep them happy and healthy. Did you know that not only is it important for their diet to be good, but also to be interestingly presented? That's right, presentation matters! You see, in the wild, foraging is one of the main activities occupying a parrot's time, which keeps them mentally stimulated and active. So in captivity, it's not only necessary that food is healthy but that it's provided in a way which is interesting and challenging as well. There are lots of ideas out there about this - for now, keep in mind that parrots often mix eating with play, frequently resulting in what appears to be wasted food as they let a lot of it fall to the ground or as they fling it in the air. It is said that a messy parrot is a happy parrot.
Now, what makes up a healthy and complete parrot diet? Well, NOT seed. In fact, seed should make up only 5-10% of your parrot's entire daily food intake - the rest should be quality protein, vitamin A vegetables, other vegetables and fruits, whole grains and carbohydrates, and lots of calcium (which is a parrot's most important mineral). Parrots eating a seed-only diet tend to develop calcium and vitamin A deficiencies over time because they are low in calcium and high in phosphorus. Extruded diets or pellets are a good source of protein but in no way should be considered a complete diet. (And just in case, note that rhubarb and avocado are poisonous to birds!)
Oh, and don't forget fresh water available at all times!
Converting your hard-core seed junkie to a fresh food diet:
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