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Can Conures Eat Grapes? What You Need to Know!

Nicole Cosgrove

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of your captive conure’s diet, but not all are created equal. While some fruits and vegetables are nutritious and safe for your bird, others can be hazardous to its health.

Can conures eat grapes? Yes! Grapes are delicious, bite-sized fruits that grow in wild environments all over the world, so they’re often part of a bird’s natural diet. Like many foods, however, grapes should only be fed in moderation.

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Grapes for Conures

Grapes are usually a favorite of birds, including the conure. They’re sweet and contain high levels of fructose, which provides a natural energy source. However, fructose is sugar and can cause health problems in high concentrations, so it’s best to feed grapes sparingly.

In addition, your conure may enjoy grapes so much that it ignores the rest of its food and picks them out. If this happens consistently, your bird may be deprived of vital nutrients.

Otherwise, grapes are completely safe for most conures. They can also have the seeds, which contain nutrients and antioxidants. That said, be sure to remove seeds if your bird is young, since seeds can be taxing on a young bird’s yet-undeveloped digestive system.

Conures can have grape skin as well, but a word of caution – grapes are among the most pesticide-contaminated fruits on the market. Avoiding pesticides is always a good practice, especially with a small animal like a conure. Always wash grapes and feed them sparingly, and wash grape vines thoroughly before including them in your pet’s dinner.

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Health Benefits of Grapes

Grapes are a delicious and varied fruit that’s loved by people and birds alike. Revered in ancient cultures for winemaking, grapes come in green, black, red, yellow, and pink varieties, both seeded and seedless. Grapes grow all over the world, particularly in temperate climates in Africa, Australia, the Americas, and Southern Europe.

Here are some health benefits of grapes:

Vitamins and Nutrients

Grapes contain many vital nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, potassium, and vitamin B6. These vitamins are important for blood clotting, healthy bones, and healthy joints.

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds in plants that repair free-radical damage, or the type of damage that occurs when harmful molecules cause oxidative stress. This has been linked to chronic illnesses in humans, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Grapes have numerous antioxidant compounds, especially in the seeds and skin. Of all the varieties, red grapes are among the highest in antioxidants. Some of these include vitamin C, quercetin, lutein, ellagic acid, and lycopene.

If you want your bird to enjoy the antioxidant benefits of grapes, but you’re concerned about the pesticides, choose organic, pesticide-free grapes, thoroughly wash your grapes, or give them peeled grapes with seeds to get an antioxidant boost.

Heart Health

In humans, grapes have numerous benefits for heart health. The potassium content in grapes is necessary for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, and low potassium levels increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Grapes may also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by decreasing absorption. This is possibly due to resveratrol, a potent antioxidant. While this research has been conducted in humans, birds also need these nutrients and may benefit from the concentration in grapes.

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Eye Health

Grapes are one of the many plants that contain chemical compounds that protect against eye diseases. In one study, mice that were given grapes showed fewer signs of damage to the retina and had better retinal function than the control group.

In a test-tube study, grapes were also found to protect retinal cells in the human eye from damaging ultraviolet light. This is believed to be due to the resveratrol concentration.

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What Foods Should I Avoid Giving My Conure?

A conure’s natural diet consists of nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables that occur naturally in their environment. In captivity, we do our best to replicate their wild diets, but you may want to give your bird a little more variety.

No matter what, you should never feed your conure – or any other bird – the following foods:

  • Chocolate, which contains methylxanthines that can increase heart rate and contribute to tremors and seizures.
  • Avocado, which contains persin, a fungicidal toxin that has been known to cause cardiac problems in birds. This is most common in small birds but may impact all bird species.
  • Onion and garlic, which are toxic to dogs, cats, and birds. This also includes concentrated forms like garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Comfrey, which is a popular green herb for birds. Research suggests that it may cause liver damage in humans, however, so best to avoid feeding it to your bird.
  • Fruit pits, such as cherry, plum, peach, and apricot pits, contain cyanide. Apple seeds also contain cyanide and should be avoided.
  • Though not technically toxic, high-fat, high-sugar, and high-sodium foods, which are heavily processed and may contribute to health problems in your bird.

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Grapes are a healthy, delicious, and natural treat to add to your conure’s diet. While perfectly safe on their own, grapes can harbor a lot of pesticides and do contain high levels of sugar, however, so be sure to take precautions and feed grapes sparingly.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.