can parrots eat okra? (+ Other Fruits and Veggies)

Okra is a popular vegetable in the south and is often served as part of a meal. But can parrots eat okra?

The answer is yes, but there are some things you need to know before feeding okra to your parrot.

In this blog post, we will discuss what okra is, the nutritional value of okra for parrots, and how to introduce okra to your bird.

Can parrots eat okra? The answer to this question is yes, parrots can eat Okra. so if you have the opportunity to try some okra, go for it! It’s a unique fruit with an interesting flavor and texture. Be sure to eat it in moderation, as too much can cause stomach problems. And if you can’t find okra where you live, don’t worry – there are plenty of other unusual fruits out there for you to explore.

Is Okra Healthy for parrots?

Okra is often called “lady’s fingers,” and comes in both red and green. I’ve only seen it being sold as green in my experience though- never the other way around!

It’s packed with vitamins A & C for example which can help keep your skin healthy – notably important during winter months when we’re all trying to avoid those pesky dry spots on our faces and as well as our parrots)!

Parrots are often fed a diet of commercial feeds in order to ensure they receive all the nutrition their bodies need. It’s important, though not entirely unnecessary if you were looking at adding some healthy fruits and vegetables into your pet’s menu as well!

One type suggested by many vets would be okra because it does contain low levels of solanine which can cause problems with birds’ systems – but an experienced owner will know how much is too little or more than what should fit comfortably on his/her plate without causing health issues later down the road.

The okra fruit has very low levels and a small amount here will not hurt them. However, some other plants in the same family contain solanine which can be harmful if consumed too much or over time because it attacks your nervous system- leading to complications such as hallucinations and confusion among others.

In almost all cases though there is no need for concern when eating these types of products due to their presence being minimal.

One cup (100 grams) of raw okra contains :

  1. Vitamin C: 26% of the DV
  2. Fat: 0 grams
  3. Vitamin K: 26% of the DV
  4. Carbs: 7 grams
  5. Fiber: 3 grams
  6. Protein: 2 grams
  7. Vitamin A: 14% of the DV
  8. Magnesium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)
  9. Vitamin B6: 14% of the DV
  10. Calories: 33
  11. Folate: 15% of the DV

Can parrots eat okra Seeds, Leaves, and Pods?

Parrots are natural eaters of fruit. They also enjoy eating seeds, so I have no issues giving them pods and stems from this plant as well!

There is some research that suggests high levels of solanine may be present in stalks/leaves but it’s usually more concentrated within flowers or fruits where you’ll find about 20-30% total cannabinoid content for most plants – meaning if your bird strictly eats these parts then he would probably get sick often since his body can’t handle such an amount every day without developing signs related to toxicity.

How To Feed Okra To parrots

Parrots are not picky eaters and will consume just about anything you give them.

As for okra, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll refuse whole pieces of the vegetable so long as their food mainly consists from vegetables in general!

You should dice or cut up any parts feeding these through your pet’s cage bars easily accessible ports without hesitation since this is what makes parrot diets balanced with essential nutrients needed by both bodily functions simultaneously while still keeping things tasty too – providing all necessary vitamins A & B-6.

When feeding the parrots, it’s best to pre-mix their food with vegetables like okra Feeding both ways are great for encouraging healthy eating habits in birds.

However, if you want a higher quality of intake then using premixes will provide better results because nutrients from these added ingredients get absorbed into pellet formula more efficiently than simply sprinkling on top as an extra side dish or even mixing into bird seed itself (although this might be difficult).

More Foods That parrots Can Eat

The following is a list of common meals that people who keep parrots:

  1. Grain Products – 50% of the diet
  2. Dairy and Meat – 5% of the diet
  3. Vegetables and Fruits – 45% of the diet
  4. Seed and Nuts – &1% of the diet
Fruits
  1. Cherries (no pits)
  2. Pears (remove seeds)
  3. Lemons
  4. Pomegranate
  5. Clementine oranges
  6. Cranberries
  7. Mandarin oranges
  8. Kiwis
  9. Oranges
  10. Bananas (remove peel)
  11. Honeydew (no rinds)
  12. Kumquats
  13. raspberries
  14. Cactus fruit
  15. Grapefruit
  16. Cherimoya
  17. Blueberries
  18. Nectarines (remove pit and area around the pit)
  19. Cantaloupe (no rinds)
  20. Apples (remove seeds and stem)
  21. Passion fruit
  22. Mangoes
  23. Apricots (remove pit and area around the pit)
  24. Coconuts
  25. Pineapple
  26. Grapes (i.e. black, green, red, etc.)
  27. Blackberries
  28. Raisins
  29. Plums (remove pit and area around the pit)
  30. Guava
  31. Dates
  32. Peaches (remove pit and area around the pit)
  33. Loquat
  34. Currants
  35. strawberries
  36. Figs
Recommended Vegetables
  1. Peppers (i.e. chili, green, jalapeno, poblano, red, serrano, yellow, etc.)
  2. Baby corn
  3. Chicory
  4. Leeks
  5. Cucumbers
  6. Banana peppers
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Parsley
  9. Chayote
  10. Bean sprouts
  11. Carrots (including tops)
  12. Beets
  13. Kale
  14. Broccoli flower
  15. Lettuce
  16. Cabbage
  17. Chili peppers
  18. Comfrey
  19. Eggplant (ripe and cooked)
  20. Bamboo shoots
  21. Cherry pepper
  22. Endive
  23. Asparagus (cooked)
  24. Alfalfa sprouts (you can sprout them yourself)
  25. Ginger root
  26. Collard greens
  27. Kohlrabi
  28. Broccoli
  29. Peas (i.e. green, snow, sugar snap, etc.)
  30. Beans (cooked) (i.e. adzuki, butter, garbanzo, green, haricot, kidney, mung, navy, pinto, pole, soy, wax, etc.)
  31. Arugula
  32. Jalapeno peppers
  33. Cilantro
  34. Celery
  35. Bell peppers
  36. Cayenne
  37. Chard
  38. Mustard greens
  39. Okra
  40. Lentils (cooked)
  41. Corn
Recommended Nuts
  1. Pecans
  2. Almonds
  3. Pine Nuts
  4. hazelnuts
  5. Filberts
  6. Macadamia (high in fat)
  7. Peanuts
  8. Brazil nuts (whole only for x-large parrots)
  9. Cashews
  10. Walnuts
Recommended Grain 
  1. Pretzels (low- or no-salt
  2. Pearl barley
  3. Melba Toast
  4. Noodles and pasta (i.e. macaroni, ravioli, spaghetti, etc.)
  5. Oatmeal
  6. Quinoa

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