Archive for October 12th, 2009

Know Your Bird’s Dietary Needs

posted by Parrot-Friend @ 15:08 PM
October 12, 2009

dietaryThere’s a general misconception among new bird owners that all parrots, parakeets and similar birds like to dine on the same foods. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, pet birds can be separated into five distinct groups, each of which boasts its own unique set of dietary needs. These include florivore, granivore, frugivore, omnivore and nectarivore.

Florivores function best when fed a steady diet of organic parrot seed, fruits and berries. As their name suggests, granivores such as the cockatiel thrive on grains and seeds. Frugivores like the blue-throated macaw flourish on a combination of fruit and flowers with seeds acting as a supplement. Omnivores eat a bit of each of the above foods in addition to small invertebrates. Finally, nectarivores like the lorikeet eat nectar, pollen and some small insects.

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