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Can Parrots Eat Pistachios? What You Need to Know!

Nicole Cosgrove

Parrots are omnivorous, meaning they can get their nutrients from meat and plants. But, by nature, they eat nuts, seeds, bugs, plants, and natural products. However, they love eating seeds and nuts, and their powerful jaws allow them to open the shells in nuts and get the nutrients out.

Yes, parrots can eat pistachios because they are suitable for them. In addition, they have some nutritional content that is good for your parrot. But giving parrots excess pistachios is not a good idea because it can make your parrot reject other supplements that are good for their bodies.

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Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Pistachios to Your Parrots

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Pistachios taste good, and that’s the number one reason why parrots like to eat them. But they have benefits, and the major one is protein. Pistachios contain high protein that makes them a good source of parrot’s life-nourishing benefits.

That is because protein helps parrots form their feathers and, in general, helps birds manage their body’s temperature. So, intake of protein is good, especially during molting season. In this season, the parrots lose their feathers and form new ones in preparation for winter.

The required amount of proteins in parrots differs. For example, large parrots are known to take more proteins than smaller ones. In addition, they are rich in vitamins C, B6, B9, B4, and K, which help in eyesight and fighting other illnesses.

Here are other nutrition facts:
  • Phosphorous –Parrots need phosphorous because it helps in bone development, egg arrangement, and digestion.
  • Manganese – It is suitable for bone development and proliferation. In addition, it aids in muscle coordination, joint separation, and pyrosis.
  • Potassium – Parrots need potassium because it helps to create glucose and protein glucose.
  • Copper – Copper is significant since it aids in solid veins, bones, and connective tissue. Further, it assists in forestalling quill pigmentation issues, amino corrosive inadequacies, and egg anomalies.

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Why You Should Not Feed Your Parrots Too Many Pistachios

Pistachios are known for their high content of sugar and carbs. For example, if you serve one ounce, it has 7.7 grams of carbs. That amount of carbs intake in humans may seem low, but that’s a lot when taken by a parrot.

If you take the measurement tactically, you will discover if the parrots take such a considerable amount, it totals 49 nuts. So if you are feeding your parrots with pistachios, consider giving a small amount. Note that excess consumption can lead to medical complications like obesity.

That can cause other underlying health conditions which are harmful to your parrot. So substitution with other foods with fewer carbs is recommended. So within a day, you can give a small amount of pistachios and mix with other solids foods and leafy vegetables.

Other Foods You Can Feed Your Parrots

When you don’t feed your parrots with a balanced diet, you are subjecting them to illnesses. Thus, it is necessary to give them foods with enough nutrients and added supplements for their growth.

Here are other foods that are good for parrots:

1. Pellets

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Pellets are the recommended diet for parrots because they are balanced and contain the proper nutritional value. But you must be careful when buying pellets because not all are good. Pellets with the right amount of minerals, fats, and vitamins should be ideal.

When buying pellets for your parrots, enquire which doesn’t contain added artificial colors and other contents with zero nutritional value. Also, note that parrots don’t like eating pellets, so ask your veterinarian to help you with tips on feeding them.

Here are some pellets you can feed your parrot; Higgins InTune Natural Parrot Food, ZuPreem Parrot & Conure Food, Lafeber Pellet-Berries Parrot Food, and TOP’s Pellets Parrot Food.


2. Leafy Vegetables

Consider giving your parrots raw or steamed vegetables, and if you can find the organic ones, the better. They are rich in fiber and vitamins meeting your parrot’s nutritional need.

Such vegetables include kales, mustard greens, beet greens, etc. Note that other vegetables like carrots, parsley, cucumber, squash are also good.


3. Fruits

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You can add some fruits to your parrot’s diet. Fruits have some sugars that are necessary for your parrots since it gives them energy.

Parrots are very active; thus, they will need the energy to keep them moving. If you can do fruits that they are used to in the wild, it is better.

Fruits like berries, cherries, papaya, kiwi, mangoes, etc., are suitable. However, avoid giving them pits and apple seeds because they are toxic.  You can also limit their fruit intake since they can overdo it.divider-birdcage

Related Questions

Should You Add Salt to Your Parrot’s Pistachios?

Never feed your parrots with salted pistachios.  That doesn’t mean parrots don’t take salt. On the contrary, they take salt, and in case there is a salt deficiency in their bodies, they can suffer from fatigue, weight loss, excessive fluid excretion, and slow growth.

However, if they take salt in high amounts, it can cause kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, neurological disorders, tremors, etc., and cause death in extreme cases. So avoid salted pistachios and stick to raw unsalted ones.

Is Pistachios Butter Good for Your Parrots?

You can feed them with pistachio butter because it has fewer ingredients. In addition, the butter has little salt compared to roasted and salted pistachio.

Can My Parrots Eat Pistachios Shells?

Yes, pistachios shells are safe for your parrots.

There are options when are buying pistachios. Unless you have them from your farm, you will get them with or without the shell in the shops. You can pick the ones you are comfortable with since parrots are safe with both.

In most cases, parrots ignore the shell and crack it to get to the inside. The good thing is that even the small parrots can still eat the ones with the shell. You can opt to clean their house right after the meal if you feel the shells are harmful to your parrots.

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Final Thoughts

Pistachios are healthy for your parrots but ensure your parrots take them in the most natural way possible. Avoid the ones with the added flavors or excessively salted to prevent your parrots from getting sick from consuming harmful foods. Meanwhile, give your parrots a treat of pistachios now and then and make sure they are taking well-balanced meals.


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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.