A parrot’s diets should contain a variety of different natural foods such as grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts and other proteins, like lean meat and eggs. Birds should receive one full bowl of these fresh foods twice a day! Some birds are more carnivorous than others. This African Grey relishes his chicken.
Birds prefer seeds which are high in fat! For larger birds diets high in fat potentially cause obesity, liver problems, feather plucking, impaired immune systems, nutritional deficiencies, and a shortened life span. Smaller birds can tolerate more seed in their diet, but should not just eat seed alone.
Converting Your Bird to a New Diet
Serve cooked foods like grains, pasta, and yams; fresh fruits and vegetables in the morning and late afternoon. Sprinkle a few seeds on the mixture if encouragement is needed. Replace the seed bowl with dry foods like bird pellets and non sweetened cereals. Changing their eating habits may take up to 3 weeks!
This bird has a fatty tumor from a result of eating bird seed for 30 years. Amazons in particular are prone to liver problems due to excessive fat in their diet.
(See PDF file in zipped files called NutritionInformation for printable list of good foods for your bird)