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What Parrot Food Is Best For Your Pet Bird?

Updated on June 14, 2013

Like many people in the world, I have a pet bird. A cockatiel, to be exact. His name is Ruisenor. Not the easiest of names to pronounce, but my mother was the one who gave him that name. And I admit I kinda like people's attempts to pronounce his name. He is a very sweet bird, if not loud at times. As a responsible pet owner, it's my job to make sure he gets the proper nutrition.

My late Cockatiel, Rocio.
My late Cockatiel, Rocio. | Source

Having had pet birds since I was little, and being known as the bird person, a lot of people ask me about pet bird food. I'm also privy to a lot of the common misconceptions that come with owning a bird. I've even fallen into them myself when I was a first time bird owner. And it's unfortunate, but birds are often given a poor diet through well meaning owners for the simple fact that they have been told all their lives all birds need are seeds!

Now, there are some pet birds that need little more than seeds - doves, for example. However, even doves and pigeons need some greens and grit in their diet. Other birds need a very varied diet in order to be at the pinnacle of health.

See, cockatiels and other pet birds often have a longer life span than is expected in captivity. This can be for many reasons. Some things we have more control over, like the environment they live in, while others we have no power over. Genetics plays a strong role, and improper breeding can take it's toll on the pet population of birds. Perhaps the thing we can best control is what we feed our birds. And seeds, the popular idea of what pet bird food is, unfortunately, is not what a birds diet should be made up of. As most people who have had birds for a while know, birds eating seeds all the time is equivalent to children eating chips all day. It's just not good for them.

Diet can potentially add years to your birds life and curb some behavioral problems. So, what is on the parrot food pyramid and what should be avoided? What is the best parrot food? The following articles are descriptive articles of what birds can eat, what is good for them, and what should be avoided.


Coming Soon:

  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • Grains
  • Other Foods
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