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Budgies and many other pet birds are little gourmets who love to eat a wide variety of fresh food - at least if they have become used to it. But regrettably many bird owners don't know what their pet birds are allowed to eat. This chapter will help you to learn more about this topic. And also there is a lot of additional information about healthy food in the nutrition category of Birds Online.
Healthy sorts of vegetables:
Aubergine (Eggplant) Broccoli Brussels sprouts (sliced) Cabbage turnip
Carrot Cauliflower Celery stalks Chard (mangel)
Chicory Chinese cabbage Corn (milky & soft) Cucumber
Curly kale Egg plant (Aubergine) Endive Fennel
Garlic1 Green peas (pods) Iceberg lettuce Jerusalem artichoke
Kohlrabi Lamb's lettuce Leek1 Lettuce (various sorts)
Onion1 Pak Choi Parsnip Peppers
(cooked without salt)
Pumpkin Purslane Radish
Red beet (fresh) Rocket (Roquette) Rutabaga Salsify (whole plant)
Snow Pea Sorrel Spinach Spring onion1
Sweet potato (cooked) Tomato Turnip tops
(turnip greens)

1) Some literature sources state that onions, spring onions, leek and garlic are harmful to birds because the substances they contain can burst the red blood cells and thus lead to anaemia. However, other sources say that these foods are harmless to birds when served in small quantities. I myself have fed small quantities to my birds so far and there have never been any health problems.


Healthy sorts of fruits:
Apple Apricot Asian pear Banana
Blackberry Black currant Black elder Blood orange
Blueberry Canteloupe melon Cape gooseberry Carambola
Cherimoya Cherry Clementine Cranberry
Custard apple Dried dates1 Fig (fresh and dried)1 Gooseberry
Grape Grenadine Guava Honeydew melon
Huckleberry Japanese Persimmon Kiwifruit Loquat
Lychee (Litchi) Mandarin Mango Melon2
Mulberry3 Nectarine Opuntia fruit Orange
Papaya Peach Pear Persimmon, Japanese
Pineapple Plum Quince Rambutan
Raspberry Red currant Strawberry Tangerine
(Tree tomato)
Yellow plum    

1) Some food stores offer dried dates and figs that are not extra sweetened. Such dried dates and figs can be served to pet birds. Please do not offer this food to them too often because it contains a lot of fructose and your birds can gain too much weight from it.

2) Any kind of melon is a highly appreciated goody for all pet bird species. From water melon to honeydew melon and cantaloupe melon, everything can be served to your feathered friends.

3) Pet birds do not only love to eat the berries but also the leaves of the mulberry plant.

Please do never offer the following fruits to your birds:

Avocado (too fatty and toxic for birds near kernel)
Fresh dates (they contain too much tanning agent)
Grapefruit, Pomelo (too much citric acid and bitter)
Kumquats (too acidic)
Passion fruit (nearly all sorts contain too much citric acid)
Japanese persimmons, unripe (contain too much tanning agent, ripe ones are ok)
Lemon or Lime (too much citric acid)

Tasty herbs for budgies:
Basil Bear's garlic Borage Burnet
(green parts)
Chervil Chives Coriander
(green parts)
Cress Dill** Fennel
(green parts)
Garden sorrel
Lemon balm Lemongrass Lovage Marjoram
Melissa Mint** Mugwort Oregano**
Parsley* Purslane Roquette Rosemary**
Sage** Savory Tarragon Thyme**
Water cress      

* Many people claim that parsley is toxic for birds. It's true that it contains substances that are poisonous in high doses. But both of these potentially dangerous substances can only be found in parsley in very small doses. If you serve only small quantities of parsley to your pet birds this food will not harm them in any way. But please make sure that your birds don't suffer from a lack of calcium since parsley contains substances that bind calcium. If birds who suffer from a lack of this mineral eat too much parsley their health problem could become even worse.

** Most birds must get used to the very aromatic herbs at first. But in most cases after a while they love to nibble from these plants. But please do only serve small quantities of those herbs to your birds because these plants contain a lot of essential oils that could irritate the bird's mucosa in their crop or digestive tract.

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