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Can Parrots Eat Kiwi? What You Need To Know!

Genevieve Dugal

When it comes to feeding fruits to your chatty parrot, almost nothing is off limits! It all comes down to moderation and preparation, as fruits should not make more than 10% of your bird’s diet, and you may need to remove seeds and pits.

So, what about the kiwi? Can this delicious fruit be part of your parrot’s diet? Of course! Kiwis are not only nutritious, but they are also among the favorite fruits of parrots! Let’s see what else you need to know before feeding kiwi to your parrot.

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What Are the Benefits of Kiwi for Your Parrot?

Fruits should be part of your parrot’s diet because they have many benefits:

  • They help maintain shiny and healthy plumage
  • They are rich in fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals
  • They are healthy treats
  • They are a supplement of water

However, some fruits are also high in sugar, which can lead to weight gain in less active birds.

The good news is that the kiwi is low in sugar and rich in vitamins C and K, selenium, and fiber. In addition, it is also a source of vitamin B9. This cocktail of nutrients and antioxidants makes kiwi a fabulous and safe fruit to give to your beautiful, feathered friend.

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Should You Remove the Seeds and Skin from Kiwis?

While the seeds of some fruits, like apples, can be toxic to birds due to the amygdalin compound they contain, the good news is that you don’t need to remove the seeds of a kiwi! Indeed, the kiwi can be eaten in its entirety, which includes the seeds and the skin. However, it is best to remove the skin anyway since it often contains pesticide residues.

What Are the Favorite Fruits of Parrots?

Fruits are some of the best treats Mother Nature has to offer. However, although they are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, fruits should only make up a small part of your parrot’s diet. Also, be sure to remove seeds and pits before offering them to your bird, as these can be poisonous.

Here is a list of fruits that parrots love:
Ring-necked Parakeet parrot eating orange
Image Credit: Roi Shomer, Shutterstock

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How To Feed Your Parrot Fresh Food?

If your parrot’s diet until now has been mostly seeds, it might be tricky to get your bird to like fresh foods, like fruits and vegetables.

So, to help you diversify your winged companion's diet, follow these recommendations:
  • Prefer raw fruits and vegetables. While there are no significant contraindications to give cooked foods, raw fruits and vegetables retain valuable vitamins and minerals necessary for your parrot’s optimal health. However, wash food well to remove all traces of pesticides.
  • Go gradually. A parrot who has never eaten a kiwi in his life probably won’t do a happy little dance when you give him a piece for the first time. Don’t worry; this is entirely normal. Give him small pieces mixed with his regular food at first, but don’t rush him.
  • Offer your parrot colorful fruits and vegetables. For example, oranges, carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, mangoes, and squash are not only rich in vitamins and nutrients, but they are also an appetizing color that will appeal to your bird.
  • Use a bowl of a different color and shape. Once your bird gets used to the fresh food mixed with their regular diet, give him small pieces in a separate bowl. Thus, he will go and nibble his portion of fruits and vegetables without you having to watch him.
  • Remove any leftover food after meals. The decomposed vegetables and fruits lying around the bottom of the cage are real magnets for bacteria, molds, and fruit flies, which can be devastating to the health of your parrot.
  • Share your nutritious snack with your feathered friend. This will strengthen your bond with your bird, in addition to giving you your daily dose of vitamin C!
  • Note: Any change in your bird’s (or other pet’s) diet should be done gradually, even if the new diet is better than the old one. Your bird’s digestive system should gradually adapt to the changes to limit the risk of diarrhea, allergies, bloating, or even anorexia.

What Fruit Is Bad for Parrots?

Most fruits are safe and healthy for parrots to eat in small amounts. However, you must remove the seeds and stones from the following fruits, as they contain small amounts of amygdalin (which is a cyanide compound that is toxic to the heart):

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Plums

Also, never feed avocados, onions, or garlic to birds, as they can be highly poisonous.

Parrot eating apple
Image Credit: Creative Zone, Shutterstock

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Final Thoughts

Kiwis are delicious and nutritious fruits that you can safely give to your parrot. However, fruit, along with a few nuts and seeds, should only make up about 10% of your bird’s diet, the remainder being vegetables (20%) and commercial formulated pellets (70%). Thus, kiwis have their place in your parrot’s diet, but mainly as healthy treats. So, what are you waiting for to share your snack with your winged companion?


Featured Image Credit: Photo Mix, Pixabay

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.