What Fruits & Veggies Can/Can't I Feed My Macaw?


So i have a blue and gold macaw female named Charlotte & i was wanting to feed her some more fruits and veggies. I have an idea of most things she can eat and some things that are toxic, like she can eat green beans and lentils, but onions and sugar and salts are toxic & more, etc.

Can anyone give me a list of Do's AND Don'ts ! for my bird Charlotte to nibble on?

I'd really appreciate any help from any experienced people who have owned these wonderful birds and know for sure if they can or cannot eat them.

Thanks in advance, i really appreciate every answer.


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Fruits and vegetables are very good additions to the diet, preferably raw but if you parrot prefers some things cooked, that is better than not eating the food at all. Eggs, cheese, pasta, rice, potatoes (other than potato chips or French fries), pizza, noodles, bits of meat or fish and other people foods are great for you parrot. Limit the amount of meat to very small amounts because in the wild, parrots do not get a lot of meat-type protein. Some parrots LOVE a bone with bits of meat left on it to chew on and will even eat the marrow out of the bone. I give my B&G a drumstick bone and she goes nuts over it. : )

Useily what ever we have for dinner (only because we eat very healthy) our baby gets a Macaw sized portion of it.

In her cage she has roudybush pellets. When she is done with them and it's time to refil her food dish we give her Higgins Premium brand bird food called Sunburst for Large Hookbills, it's full of yummy and healthy stuff for her. When she is done with that we refil with the pellots again. And back and forth...

Basickly everything that you eat, you can and should share with your parrot. However, use some common sense about feeding people food to parrots.There are only a few things that can actually kill your parrot as far as human food goes. These are:

? Avocado

? Chocolate

? Alcohol

? Seeds of any fruit

? Raw meat

? Uncooked eggs

? Any food that may have mold or may have spoiled (including seeds)

Here is a list of foods you should limit because over time, these foods will be detrimental to your parrot's health.***Now, this doesn't mean that your parrot can't have a little taste of these foods occasionally. Dont let it become a habit and don't let the quantity increase over time.

They are as follows:

Foods High In Fat.

? Potato chips

? Vegetables with lots of butter

? Fried foods

? Cream, whipped or liquid

? Cake icing

? Ice cream

? Fatty meat

? Butter sauces and cream soups that contain a lot of butter

Foods High In Salt

Too much salt isn't good for people or birds. Parrots are so much smaller, so a little bit goes a long way.

Some of the foods to stay away from are:

? Salted potato chips

? Salted corn chips

? Salted nuts

? Salted vegetables or meats

? Many prepared foods such as microwave entrees

? Salted popcorn

? Bacon, ham and other cured meats

Foods High in Sugar

Foods with sugar are perfectly safe to allow the parrot to have a bite or even two, but limit the quantities to a very small amount and do not allow these foods every day.

Examples of these foods include:

? Cakes

? Cookies

? Candy

? Sweetened juices

? Other sweetened drinks

? Sugary cereal

? Ice cream


The macaw is a great bird to have for love and attention but the diet is extremely important to keep them in good condition. Six years ago I worked for a private breeder of macaws who had 400 breeding pairs of birds that he had built up over 50 years and my job each day was to feed them all from basic fresh and dry ingredients, starting at 5 am and finishing feeding alone at 2pm. Lets just say the macaws ate better than I did during the six months I was there.

Macaws need a high oil and fat content in their diet to aid good feather development and growth to allow them to keep the good long and strong feathers along the wings and tail along with the neck which they can flare up in aggression, or when courting a mate. However a high oil and fat content in the diet means they tend to become habitual in their feeding and get hooked on one type of food and refuse everything else if there is not enough variety In the foods provided.

The important thing to remember though is not to feed any saturated fat in the diet through feeding fast or junk food, even as a treat.

The diet plan for the birds I fed were as follows.

Half the daily intake was a mix of fresh fruit, veg and pulses which were pre-soaked for three days to make them sprout and therefore more nutritious to the birds.

The fruit and veg list was as follows,

Apple, Carrot, banana, sweetcorn on the cob, kohl rabi, melon, orange, pomegranite, marrow, brocolli, cabbage, spinach, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, peach, starfruit, dragon fruit, coconut, papava, guava, mango, and pumpkin.

The pulses were as follows,

Butter bean, chick peas, broad and runner beans, black eyed beans, red kidney beans, red and green lentils, black and green peas. All soaked in water changed twice a day for three days.

The fruit, veg and pulses mix was fed in a dish every morning each item in cube form and sprinkled with a calcium powder and soaked in tropical pure fruit juice.

Three days a week, there was also the addition of a honey and egg treat which was with the fruit but served up in an unusual way. The egg food, sold for rearing baby birds, was mixed with water to a stiff dough like paste. A slice of wholemeal brown bread was toasted and local honey spread on it. The egg paste was then thickly spread over and the whole thing put under a hot grill for two minutes. The slice was then cut into cubes and fed once cool to the birds as three cubes each.

The dry mix we fed was based as a home made base diet which we made from basic ingredients.

5 parts sunflower hearts, 1 part complete macaw pellets, 1 part monkey nuts, 1 part dried chilli peppers, 1 part pumpkin seeds, 1 part banana chips and 1 part pine nuts.

They also got treats of dried fruit such as prunes, apricots, cranberries and cherries on rope and string hung just within reach of the perches and also once a week, a small cube of white cheddar cheese which provides protein and additional calcium.


you can feed you bird lots of thing well basically anything apart from sweet things like Chocolate or any thing with Sugar in



apples, but remove seed part






some raw or uncooked veggies

boiled eggs

pasta (no sauce or salt) just plain












birds can have a lot of foods and they can't have.


fruits: apple, orange, strawberry, grape, mango, coconut, banana, pineapple, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, papaya, peach - make sure to remove the stones before giving to your macaw - nectarine(ditto peach), apricot, cherry, pear, blackberry, melon, sharon fruit, dragon fruit, star fruit, tomato.

veggies: celery, carrot, peas, sweetcorn, pepper, parsnip, lettuce, pumpkin, cucumber, courgette, marrow, butternut squash - they love squash-, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chili peppers.

nuts and seeds: monkey nuts - a favourite! brazil(same as monkey nuts), peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, almond, cashew, pine nuts, macadamia, palm, sunflower seeds, canary seed, linseed, millet, pumpkin seed, rocket.

beans&sprouts: beansprouts, lima beans, soy beans, Brussels's sprouts,

other: rice, cooked pasta,(serve in moderation),

foods to avoid: apple seed, melon seed, cherry seed, apricot, peach and nectarine stones, other fruit seeds, bulbs, avocado(very poisonous), onions(can make it ill if served a long time), potato(like onion, it can be moderately unhealthy if served for too long), baked beans(fresh is better than baked), chocolate(a chemical that is toxic to birds), alcohol(obviously), caffiene(only in small amounts), anything considered "junk" food.

Remember junk food to humans is junk food to birds.


just don't feed it avocado(dunno if i spelt it wrong) high salt and high fat foods like butter, cheese, crisps/chips, etc. fruit seeds, alcoholic products or tea, coffee or soda. errm, don't know that i missed anything, tell me if i did


well mine really loves: cress, carrot peeled and grated, broccoli, red pepper, beansprouts, peas and sweetcorn. He especially loves fresh corn on the cob! I also tried celery, tomato, cabbage, lettuce, and cucumber and he didn't like any of them.