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Can Conures Eat Grapes? Vet-Reviewed Facts to Know

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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 and wineries 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, and there are a few other important details to consider. So, read on!


Grapes for Conures

Grapes are usually favorites 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 to your bird.

In addition, your conure may enjoy grapes so much that they ignore the rest of their food and just pick them out. If this happens consistently, your bird will 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 thoroughly before including them in your pet’s dinner.

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The 3 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.

1. Vitamins and Nutrients

Grapes contain many vital nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, beta-carotenes, and vitamin B6. These vitamins have different important roles in your bird’s organs and systems and must be at adequate levels to help keep them in optimal health.

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2. 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 cellular deterioration and disease development.

Grapes have numerous antioxidant compounds, especially in the seeds and skin. Of all the varieties, red grapes are among the highest in antioxidants. These include vitamin C, quercetin, lutein, ellagic acid, and lycopene. In fact, an interesting study suggests that birds use color to select fruits with more antioxidants.1

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.

3. Healthy Immune System, Skin, Beak, and Feet

Grapes are among the many plants that contain vitamin A precursors. Vitamin A is vital for a bird’s immune system and helps them maintain healthy skin, feathers, beak, and feet. A deficiency of vitamin A in a bird’s diet can cause many physical problems, including conjunctivitis, hyperkeratosis of the beak and feet, feather picking, urinary issues, etc.

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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 contains methylxanthines that can increase heart rate and contribute to tremors and seizures.
  • Avocado 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 are toxic to dogs, cats, and birds. This also includes concentrated forms like garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Comfrey is a popular green herb for birds. However, vets do not recommend it, and oral comfrey products have been banned in the U.S.
  • Fruit pits, such as cherry, plum, peach, and apricot pits, contain cyanide. Apple seeds also contain cyanide and should be avoided.
  • High-fat, high-sugar, and high-sodium foods, though not technically toxic, are heavily processed and may contribute to health problems in your bird.



Grapes are healthy, delicious, and natural treats 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 them sparingly. Grapes should only be offered as part of a balanced diet that includes a variety of safe-for-bird fruits and vegetables.

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