Diet / African Greys


diet for an African grey parrot African grey parrots diets should include an adequate amount of Calcium via supplements and Vitamin A, these are two vital nutrients I commonly find lacking in many parrot diets. Examples of foods rich in Calcium and Vitamin A are:

  • Cheese (only small amounts due to fat content)
  • Vegetables
  • Leafy greens
  • Nuts
  • Peeled Food
  • Seeds (Small amounts)
  • Fruit


If giving your parrots supplements, ensure you are not going over their RDA, as is can cause potential health issues. If you feed your parrot a varied diet, supplements will not be necessary, therefore do not use them if they are not required. Another tip I tell people is if an African grey has just given birth, feed it soft foods, this will help to aid digestion whilst feeding.

Hydration & Household foods

Ensure fresh water is always available for your parrot and change the water supply daily. Supplements can be added to their water, however I usually refrain from doing this.

As a parrot owner you must be aware that some foods in your household can be toxic to the African grey. Foods such as caffeine, alcohol and chocolate can cause damage, and too much can even cause death. Therefore one must be cautious when letting them out of the cage and ensuring none of these foods or liquids are on display.

Common Questions

Are they any particularly good vegtables for the parrots

Sure there is! Some of the best including Broccoli for the good calcium content, carrots, celery and green beans. Leaf lettuce is a good choice for leafy greens.

Is there anything African greys are commonly deficient in

I've commonly found that a deficency in Vitamin A and/or calcium, which can have negative effects on bone development and skin. You can get vitamin A from carrots, leafy greens sweet potatoes. Calcium can be found in Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Are there are food African greys shouldn't eat

Yes! As highlighted above you MUST NEVER feed your African grey Avocado, Alcohol, Chocolate, Seeds of fruits and limit food high in fat.