List of Healthy Foods for an African Grey Parrot

Updated April 10, 2017

African grey parrots are companion animals that demand commitment as they can live for 50 years or longer. While bird seed alone is a cost-effective diet, these parrots require a well-rounded diet of healthy foods in order to lead long and healthy lives so seed alone is not ideal.

Organic Pellets

You can find many commercially available pellet diets for African grey parrots, but organic pellets are ideal because they do not contain potentially toxic or harmful ingredients. Organic pellets do not offer the same high sugar levels that other commercial pellets do, and also are free of potential contaminants that may be contained within other commercial diets. Look for commercially available pellets that are certified organic.


In the wild, African grey parrots eat fresh fruit freely, so you should also provide them with fresh fruit in captivity. Bright and richly coloured fruits tend to be the best when it comes to providing nutritive value, according to Caroline Tanaka, DVM. Purchase organic fruits to get the most natural fruit sources for the parrot, and choose varieties like plums, peaches, apples, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, cantaloupe, mango, apricots, papaya, lemons and limes.


Both raw and cooked vegetables are healthy for African grey parrots. The vegetables that offer the greatest nutrition are those of bright and deep colours. Sprouted seeds, leafy green vegetables, carrots, red cabbage, squash, sweet potato, collared greens, turnip greens, beet greens, alfalfa sprouts, green peppers, eggplant and other colourful vegetables are good examples. Organic vegetables are the best, as they eliminate the risk of contamination from pesticides.


Cooked eggs are a treat for parrots, who are prone to calcium deficiency issues and so can benefit from the egg's protein, according to "African Grey Parrots." To help your African grey get the calcium he needs, hard-boil the egg and leave the shell on.

Beans, Seeds and Legumes

Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, legumes, cooked beans and nuts are all healthy foods for your African grey parrot. They offer necessary nutrients like iodine, selenium, zinc, iron and vitamin K, and they offer plenty of all-around good nutrition. While commercial bird seeds are not ideal for African greys, feeding sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and other nutritionally sound seeds are viable alternatives according to Caroline Tanaka, DVM.

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Jennifer Uhl has been writing professionally since 2005. She writes primarily for the web and has been published as a ghostwriter in "Tropical Fish Magazine" and "Entrepreneur." She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health care from Mira Costa College.