Fruits, such as kiwi, are an important part of a parrot’s diet. They contain vitamins and minerals that can’t be found in other foods. However, some fruits contain more natural sugars than others.
Kiwi contains an abundance of vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
You can feed large parrots up to 1 kiwi per week or smaller parrots up to 1/2 a kiwi per week. Alternatively, you can cut the kiwi into smaller portions and offer it as a training reward.
All parts of a kiwi are safe to eat, including the skin and seeds.
The fuzzy skin can challenge some parrots, creating a fun chewing toy, but it could annoy other birds. Some parrots love kiwi, while others avoid it entirely.
Is Kiwi Good For Parrots?
Kiwis, like most fruits, are good for parrots to eat.
They contain many vitamins and minerals that will boost your parrot’s immune system. They also slow down the effects of aging and aid the digestive process.
Here’s a breakdown of the nutrition provided by a kiwi:
|In 1 kiwi (69g)||Nutrient|
|Vitamin C||64 mg|
|Vitamin B9||17.2 mcg|
|Vitamin E||1 mg|
|Vitamin K||27.8 mcg|
|Beta Carotene||35.9 mcg|
Kiwis are rich in vitamin C, which is known for aiding the immune system.
According to Nutrients, a deficiency in vitamin C can increase the chance of infections. Offering this occasional treat to your parrot can help it recover from illnesses faster and prevent future sicknesses.
A single kiwi contains 64 mg of vitamin C. This may seem like a small amount, but twice the amount of vitamin C available in oranges and lemons. This makes kiwis one of the best sources of vitamin C.
Additionally, vitamin C is responsible for the following:
- Growth and repair of tissues
- Absorption of iron
- Wound healing
- Formation of collagen
- Maintenance of bones and cartilage
Kiwi contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can help your parrot’s digestion.
Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool, making it easier to pass. Soluble fiber feeds the good bacteria in your parrot’s gut, allowing the stomach to absorb nutrients better. Together, they allow your parrot to digest food and gain extra nutrients with each meal.
According to the European Journal of Nutrition, kiwi fruits contain about 1/3 soluble fiber and 2/3 insoluble fiber. In particular, one average-sized kiwi contains 0.7 grams of soluble fiber and 1 gram of insoluble fiber.
The soluble fibers are made of pectin, and the insoluble fibers are mostly cellulose and hemicellulose.
Antioxidants aid the body in reducing oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress refers to damage to cells by an excess of free radicals. Free radicals are hard to avoid; they are in the environment and the food we eat, so we can’t avoid them.
Oxidative stress has been linked to various age-related diseases, including diabetes, heart problems, and neurological disorders. It’s just a matter of time before you and your parrot experience oxidative stress.
The most effective way to avoid oxidative stress is to have more antioxidants. Thankfully, many fruits contain high amounts of antioxidants, including kiwis.
What are some antioxidants present in kiwis? According to Current Topics in Medical Chemistry, kiwis contain:
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
Do Parrots Like Kiwi?
Whether or not your parrot likes kiwi depends entirely on its personality.
Most parrots enjoy kiwis as an occasional treat. They’re often grown in the same regions that parrots call home. Certain parrot species have constant access to them and snack on these fruits in the wild.
It’s not hard to see why. Kiwis are sweet and juicy, two things that parrots are known to love. They also contain seeds that parrots like to pick free and munch on. Even the tough skin will provide a fun challenge to tear into.
With that in mind, offer your parrot a piece of kiwi and see how it reacts. If it avoids the fruit initially, try offering it the seeds, the skin, or the juicy inner meat by itself.
When given a chance to investigate the new food, most parrots will take a bite. If your parrot doesn’t like it at first, give it time to play with the food. Once it gets a taste, most parrots will be eager to try more.
How Much Kiwi Can Parrots Eat Per Day?
Don’t offer more than one whole kiwi each week.
If your parrot lacks the appetite for an entire fruit or constantly begs for more, don’t offer it extra kiwis. Instead, break up a single fruit into small portions offered throughout the week.
Parrots that can be given a full kiwi include:
- African grey
For small parrot species, like the budgie and ringneck, offer no more than half a kiwi per week.
Can Parrots Eat Kiwi Skin?
Kiwi skin is safe for parrots to eat but wash it first. This will remove harmful bacteria, dirt, and pesticides that may linger on the outer surface. You can buy organic kiwis, but these should also be washed.
The skin is not only safe for parrots but healthy too. As with most fruits, kiwi skin is where most vitamins and minerals can be found.
Some owners believe that washing the fruit isn’t safe enough. A kiwi’s fuzzy texture may absorb pesticides, and it can be hard to clean properly. If you want to be completely safe, or you’re uncertain about how it was cultivated, peel the kiwi to remove the skin altogether.
Your parrot may not like eating kiwi skin. The skin will have a fuzzy texture and can be tough to chew on, which some parrots will dislike. If your parrot doesn’t view it as a fun challenge, peeling the fruit is the right choice.
Can Parrots Eat Kiwi Seeds?
Kiwi seeds are small and don’t pose a choking hazard to your parrot, even for smaller species.
Specifically, kiwi seeds are rich in omega 3, which is good for the heart and the brain. That’s paired with fiber, protein, and antioxidants.
Parrots can eat kiwi fruit, and it’s encouraged as a part of a healthy, balanced diet. As long as it doesn’t become their only food or their main food, parrots can benefit from vitamins, minerals, and fiber in kiwi.
It can also be a treat to reinforce training or teach the parrot tricks, as the sweet flavor can be rewarding.