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Can Parakeets Eat Mango? What You Need to Know!

Ed Malaker

Parakeets are wonderful pets that eat several different fruits, vegetables, and seeds, as well as commercial pellet food. They enjoy variety in flavor and color, making it both fun and challenging to create meals for your pet bird each day.  One of the fruits readers regularly ask about is mango, as many people are unsure if parakeets can eat it. The answer is yes! Parakeets can eat mango, but there are some things to consider before making it a part of their regular diet.  Keep reading while we look at the safety and possible hazards of feeding this food to your pet, and we’ll also discuss the best way to serve it so you can offer your pet a healthy and balanced diet.divider-birdcage

Negative Aspects of Mango for Parakeets

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Pesticides

As with any fruit or vegetable, one of the biggest dangers to your pet comes from residual pesticides that can remain even after you wash fruit. Luckily, the mango is one of the fruits that are low in pesticides, and it’s even better if you remove the skin before serving it. However, it’s still a good idea to wash your mangos thoroughly before letting your pet eat them to minimize risk.

Sugar

Another thing that mangos have in common with other fruits is that they contain a lot of sugar. A single cup can contain more than 24 grams of sugar. Too much sugar can cause your pet to gain weight, and it can lead to other health problems as well. Most experts recommend limiting fruits to a small portion each day to minimize risk while still providing your pet with variety.divider-birdcage

Positive Aspect of Mango Good for Parakeets

Vitamin C – Mango is very high in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant for humans as well as birds. Each cup of mango contains more than 45 milligrams of healthy vitamin C that will help boost your pet’s immune system.

Potassium – Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps your bird grow and develop properly. One cup of mango contains more than 250 milligrams of potassium.

Antioxidants – Besides vitamin C, mango contains polyphenols, another powerful antioxidant that can help keep your bird healthy with less risk of contracting a disease.

Vitamin A – Birds that eat a diet of only seeds can develop a vitamin A deficiency that can cause wheezing, swollen eyes, diarrhea, bad breath, slimy mouth, and other health problems. While captive birds don’t usually suffer from a vitamin A deficiency due to their balanced diet, it’s a good idea to include foods like mango to help boost the levels in your bird’s system.

Niacin – One more important nutrient that you can find in mango is niacin. Niacin works with protein to improve muscle strength, and it also helps reduce joint fatigue and promotes clean arteries.

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How Should I Feed Mango to My Parakeet?

Wash your mango well under cold water to remove any pesticide residue that might be present. A fruit brush can be a great tool for helping to remove invisible chemicals.

Cut the mango in half to remove the large but harmless seed and discard it.

Scoop or slice small pieces of fruit from the skin and set them in a dish. Discard the skin once you remove all of the fruit.

Add a few pieces of the fresh mango to your parakeet’s dinner salad of fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellet food.

Remove any remaining fruit after about 3 hours because it can begin to grow bacteria that can be harmful to your pet.

How Much Mango Should I Give my Parakeet?

As we mentioned earlier, mango contains a lot of sugar that can lead to diabetes and other health problems for your pet. So, you will need to limit portion size. We recommend feeding mango to your bird that’s about equal in size to one or two grapes.

How Often Can I Feed Mango to my Parakeet?

While mango contains plenty of helpful nutrients, your parakeet likes plenty of variety in both taste and color. Most experts recommend feeding your pet several different fruits to help keep your bird happy and healthy. Since you can only serve tiny portions of these fruits, you will likely only be able to provide your pet with mango once or twice per week as a tiny part of a much larger selection of fruit.divider-birdcage

Summary

As you can see, the mango is a healthy fruit that you can provide your parakeet each week as long as you pay attention to your portion size, so you’re not giving it too much sugar. It’s quite popular with our pets because of its bright color, soft texture, and sweet taste. We like it because it’s low in pesticides and easy to prepare. It’s also easy to find in most grocery stores.

We hope you have enjoyed this short guide, and it has helped answer your questions. If we have helped expand your pet’s menu, please share our look into the safety of feeding your parakeet mango on Facebook and Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mango? What You Need to Know!


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Ed Malaker

Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.