BLUE FRONTED AMAZON PARROTS NUTRITION AND DIET
Blue Fronted Amazon parrots have a tendency to become obese so it is necessary to limit their intake of seeds because of the fat content. While they do eat seeds in the wild, domestic birds are frequently given too much seed in their diet.
There are many excellent commercial seed mixes or pelleted diets available for parrot food. The large hookbill variety should be fed to Blue Fronted parrots. These commercial formulated diets contain all the necessary nutritional requirements for amazon parrots but they do not contain the phytonutrients that can be obtained from fresh fruit, vegetables and grains. Phytonutrients provide a boost to the immune system and help speed healing. It is also believed that phytonutrients can prevent disease. Amazon parrots can also become bored with a constant commercial formulated diet.
Amazon parrots gain psychological enrichment when offered a varied diet containing a mix of commercial formulated feeds and seed supplemented with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables or any healthy human food. Fruit, such as, raisons, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots, plums and bananas should be added to their diet. Remove the apple seeds as these are toxic. They also like chopped vegetables like broccoli, which will help supply them with calcium, and green peas, sweet corn, carrots and carrot greens, beet greens, lettuce, watercress, sweet potatoes and sprouts. Amazon parrots particularly like corn and beans. They especially need the vitamins and nutrients found in vegetables and should be fed more vegetables than fruit. Any fresh foods that they do not eat should be discarded after 24 hours.
Blue Fronted Amazon parrots need plenty of calcium. If you are not certain that your blue fronted parrot is getting enough calcium in his diet, you can add a vitamin and calcium supplement to his water supply.
Offer your bird fresh water several times a day.
As with all birds, do not feed Nanday Conures, avocados, chocolate, coffee or salt. Chocolate and coffee contain theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to birds. Avocado is also toxic to birds. Foods with a high salt content are harmful to birds because they can not excrete salt.
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