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Can Parakeets Eat Grapes? Our Vet Answers!

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Parakeets are popular pet birds kept all over the world. All parakeets are parrots, however the term parakeet isn’t in reference to a specific species of a parrot. Instead, it’s an umbrella term used to describe several species of small to medium sized parrot species with long tails. Examples include budgies, cockatiels, and the Indian ring-necked parrot.

Though there are some differences in the diet of individual species of parakeets, most fruits are considered a great addition to their diet. For many species, the inclusion of fruits is highly recommended. As a parakeet owner, you might be wondering if grapes are safe for parakeets to eat. Grapes are indeed safe for parakeets to eat. Read on as we explore the parakeet diet in greater detail, and how grapes fit into it.


A Healthy Parakeet Diet

When discussing parakeet diet, emphasis is often placed on the type of parrot in question. Generally, parrots are classified according to their diets as follows:

  • Granivores: These parrots mostly eat seeds as the main part of their diet. In the wild, these species can incorporate large amounts of seeds in their diet. Budgies and cockatiels are popular granivores, and in their native Australia have been observed to consume over 60 different kinds of seeds.
  • Frugivores: These parrots thrive on raw fruit or succulent fruit-like produce of plants, such as their roots, shoots, seeds, and nuts. Examples of such parrots include most macaw species.
  • Nectarivores: These parrots derive most of their nutrition almost exclusively from the nectar of flowering plants. Lorikeets are an example of such a parrot.

With the exception of nectarivores, many parrot species are highly adaptable and can easily modify their diet. This, coupled with the fact that it’s almost impossible to find all the different seeds, fruits, shoots, nuts, plants, and roots have made a pellet diet very popular in aviculture. Pellet diets are commercially available formulations which aim to meet a bulk of a parrot’s dietary requirements. The rest of their requirement should be supplemented with other food items, as explained in the following graphic:

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Grapes & Parakeets

Like most fruits, grapes are safe for parakeets to consume in small quantities as part of their fruit quota of the day. Though parakeets can be fed grapes on a daily basis, it’s best to opt for other fruits and form a “rotational” system which not only adds variety to their diet but also helps keep it new and exciting for your parrot. Like most fruits, grapes comprise mostly of water and sugar. The seeds of grapes are safe for a parrot to consume as well.

It is best to offer your parrot fresh grapes that are thoroughly washed. The grapes can be sliced, if needed, though most parrots have no trouble making short work of a grape. Some may even have a preference for whole grapes, as it might be easier for them to grip with one of their feet.

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Other Fruits That Are Safe For Parakeets

In addition to the aforementioned grapes, there are other fruits you can safely incorporate into your parakeet’s diet.

Fruits Safe for Parakeets

This list isn’t comprehensive; most fruits are safe for parakeets to consume.

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Fruits to Avoid

With so many fruits on the menu, you might be wondering if there are any fruits that aren’t good for parakeets. There are, indeed, some fruits you shouldn’t offer your parakeet.

Fruits Not Safe for Parakeets
  • Avocado – in addition to the fruit, its pits, leaves, and stem are also toxic for parrots.
  • Chinaberry – all parts of this plant are toxic
  • Daphne berries
  • Jerusalem cherry
  • English Ivy berries – in addition to the berries, the leaves of this plant are also toxic.



Fruits are recommended for parakeets in small amounts daily. Grapes are safe for their consumption and can be incorporated into their diet without concern. Parakeets also love other fruits, however there are some fruits that are toxic to them. It is best to consult with a veterinarian whenever you have doubts about food safety for your parakeet.

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