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Can Parakeets Eat Bananas? What You Need To Know!

Genevieve Dugal

Most people who decide to have a bird as a pet choose the parakeet because it is a cheerful bird that enjoys the company of humans and possesses high intelligence. Like any other animal, for your parakeet to be healthy, its basic needs will have to be covered, one of the main ones being food. Parakeets also need lots of vitamins and minerals, and the best way to get them is by feeding them natural foods, like fruits and vegetables, which are essential for their health. Bananas are on the list of permitted foods, but don’t overdo them. They are a very high-calorie fruit that should be considered an occasional treat.

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What Can a Pet Parakeet Eat?

Your tiny budgie’s diet should be varied and rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fiber, and protein. A good diet can increase the life expectancy of your feathered animal, increase the beauty of its plumage, prevent overweight, and strengthen its immune system. This should consist of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, and young shoots, as well as blocks of minerals, clay, and vitamins.

You can also feed it cuttlefish bones, which are a good source of calcium. Formulated pellets, which you can buy at any good pet store, provide a good portion of the nutrients your bird needs. This type of diet prevents your bird from cherry-picking its favorite food and reduces waste. Moreover, this food base should be supplemented with fruits, vegetables, sprouted seeds, and other vitamins.

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What Are the Benefits of Bananas for Your Parakeet?

With more calories than the average fruit (due to its high carbohydrate content), bananas are an excellent source of energy for your bird. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, and selenium. They also contribute to the intake of vitamin B9, magnesium, and fiber. Bananas are fresh fruit that provides high levels of magnesium and potassium.

How To Feed Bananas to Your Bird

You can give your parakeets small pieces of bananas, with or without the peel. However, if you want to keep the peel, be sure to buy organic fruit to remove all traces of pesticides. In all cases, wash the fruit well before offering it to your bird to eliminate bacteria and other germs.

Besides, mashed bananas are also a treat well appreciated by these little colorful birds.

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What Other Fruits and Vegetables Can You Feed Your Parakeet?

Green, yellow, and orange foods are generally the most popular. You can give your bird spinach leaves, endive, apple, kiwi, carrots, pineapple, grape, mango, oranges, and even pumpkin.

Occasionally, a few nuts are welcome. Choose almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, various nuts, peanuts, or even flax, rice, chia, corn, squash, sesame, or sunflower seeds. The fatty acids contained in these seeds protect the cardiovascular system because they are rich in iron, vegetable proteins, magnesium, and omega-3.

To reward your parakeet, you can occasionally give it treats. The most popular are usually millet, corn, and sunflower seeds.

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How to Prepare Fresh Food for Your Parakeet

Always feed your parakeets raw fruits and vegetables; never cooked or processed in any way. These little birds are greedy by nature, and you will encounter difficulties only if you have fed them a diet consisting of seeds for too long. This can make them picky-eaters, and you will need to remove the seed tray for a few hours until they have munched on the new food.

In the worst case, this will only be a problem for small cages, where parakeets will initially be afraid of the newly presented food. Birds with this temperament will take longer to adjust to new toys and accessories added to the cage. However, despite their initial reluctance to have fresh fruit put into their cage, once they taste it, they will love them, even if all parakeets are different, and some can be particularly picky!

Note: If your parakeet does not eat all the food, remove any leftovers at the end of the meal. Many fresh foods, especially fruits, are high in sugar, which attracts fruit flies and spreads bacteria. These bacteria can infect your parakeets and cause health problems.

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How To Get Your Budgie to Eat Fruits and Vegetables (When It Is Only Used to Seeds)

  • Get started as soon as possible. If you want your budgie to eat a variety of foods, you need to start offering them healthy food at the earliest age possible (after they’ve been properly weaned).
  • Offer them treats and praise them.
  • Make it the only option during their meal.
  • Be consistent and patient.

What Can’t Parakeets Eat?

Sharing your snack with your budgie is a great way to strengthen your bond, but there are certain foods to avoid as they can be toxic to your bird. So, make sure never to feed your parakeet the following food:

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  • Fruit pits
  • Apple seeds
  • Onions and garlic
  • Avocado
  • Caffeine
  • Salt
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • High-fat food
  • Dairy products
  • Xylitol

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Final Thoughts

Parakeets can eat a variety of human foods as long as they have received proper nutrition. Bananas, cut into small pieces, are safe to feed your pet birds. But, as a general rule, it is best to offer fruit in moderation. Parakeets don’t necessarily have a sweet tooth, but it’s easy to feed them too many sweet fruits, like high-calorie bananas. Offer your little parakeet two or three small amounts twice a week, and you will have a happy and healthy winged companion.


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Genevieve Dugal

Genevieve is a biologist and science writer. Her deep love for capuchin monkeys, pumas, and kangaroos has taken her worldwide to work and volunteer for several wildlife rehabilitation centers in Bolivia, Guatemala, Canada, and Australia. As a Canadian expat, Genevieve now lives in Argentina, where she wakes up every morning to horses and cows saying hello from the vast plain next to her home office window. She is the proud mom of three rescued dogs, Lemmy, Nala, and Pochi, and a frisky kitten, Furiosa. Having the privilege of sharing her knowledge and passion for animals of all kinds is what makes her fulfilled and happy.